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Summer 2017 interns

Posted: Jan. 19, 2017 | Tags: interns

The Investigative Reporting Workshop, a nonprofit news organization based at the American University School of Communication in Washington, is looking for smart, engaged students from around the country for internships in the summer of 2017.

Positions include researchers, data journalists, videographers, graphic designers and web producers. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply. Preferred majors include journalism, communication, film, public policy, public health, history or economics.

The Workshop publishes in-depth stories about government and corporate accountability, on topics ranging widely from the environment and health to national security and the economy. The Workshop pairs experienced professional reporters and editors ...

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Russia's disinformation strategy

Posted: Jan. 19, 2017 | Tags: journalism

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Photo by Jeff Watts, AU

Louise Lief

Louise Lief, our scholar in residence, writes about Russia's manipulation of news and information, not only in U.S. elections but in other countries as well.

Lief's analysis in The Columbia Journalism Review says Russians have "pioneered new, computerized ways to pollute the information ecosystem. The Russians were among the earliest to massively scale up and deploy trolls and bots, Potemkin communities of fake users that support or oppose various positions." 

She cites examples in the Urkraine, Moldova and Lithuania that range from partially fake news (facts but false conclusions) to ...

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Remembrances

Posted: Dec. 19, 2016 | Tags: Charles Lewis

Charles Lewis and Gordon Witkin reflect on the lives and careers of Phillip Knightley and David Donald, two renowned investigative journalists who died earlier this month. Knightley was well-known for his work on holding drug manufacturers accountable for the widespread use of the drug thalidomide, which caused birth defects across Europe. Donald was one of the pioneers and leaders of modern, computer-assisted data journalism. You can see their tributes here on the ICIJ website.

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Remembering David Donald

Posted: Dec. 11, 2016 | Tags: data

It is with deep sadness that we bring you the news of David Donald's death. David died Saturday at Reston Hospital after a year-long battle with cancer. 

David joined SOC and the Investigative Reporting Workshop as a data editor and journalist in residence after a long professional career as an investigative journalist using data and social-science methodology on stories ranging from subprime lenders to the under-reporting of sexual assault on college campuses. One of his last projects for the Workshop involved an investigation into how federal meat and poultry inspectors sometimes fail to identify salmonella, a potentially deadly pathogen ...

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Charles Lewis travels to Oxford

Posted: Nov. 28, 2016 | Tags: Charles Lewis

Charles Lewis will travel to Oxford, England, to participate in an Oxford University Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism roundtable about the future of investigative journalism and collaboration.

Lewis, who founded the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in 1997 on the premise of collaboration between journalists across newsrooms and countries, will talk about the recent success of the largely unprecedented Panama Papers project. The ICIJ investigation involved 370 journalists and more than 100 news organizations in 76 countries and revealed the pervasiveness of the widely used, illegal practice of wealthy individuals and corporations offshoring money in order to ...

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Trust remains a key problem for journalists

Posted: Nov. 28, 2016 | Tags: journalism

“I don’t know the answers,” Richard Gingras, vice president of Google News, said at “Considering The Future Of Journalism" recently at the Newseum. And easy solutions are not in sight, he added, when he and Michael Oreskes, senior vice president of news at NPR, took the stage. But both offered ideas and made the case for stronger content.

Being a digital media entrepreneur, Gingras concentrated on the technological challenges and opportunities journalism faces. “Media dominates our lives,” Gingras said, underlining his argument with the fact that “more smartphones are activated each day than babies are born.” 

And, he said ...

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Panel weighs future of education under Trump presidency

Posted: Nov. 18, 2016 | Tags: education

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Photo by Mandy McLaren, IRW

Lindsey Burke, far right, of the Heritage Foundation says the government could consider eliminating federally subsidized loan programs.

Will President-elect Donald J. Trump try to repeal the Common Core?

Will he make good on a campaign promise to invest $20 billion in school choice?

What about reducing the cost of college?

These questions were among several hot topics discussed by an expert panel this week at an event sponsored by the Education Writers Association.  Just days after Trump’s historic win, the panel of both journalists and public policy experts tackled issues ranging from preschool ...

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What we're reading: Children, guns, environment stories humanize problems

Posted: Nov. 10, 2016 | Tags: climate change, Guns, health, journalism, reporting, Wisconsin Watch

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Illustration by Sydney Ling, IRW

 

Sometimes, as both reporter and reader, news stories can feel a little repetitive. Another tragic shooting or overdose, leaving torn families in its wake. Another environmental disaster we may not be able to slow down in time. Another abuse of power, exposing biases, neglect or other shortcomings. 

While it is the responsibility of journalists to report the news, it is also our responsibility to discover the stories behind these trends. The investigative pieces below provide critical analyses of events dominating the current news landscape, and, importantly, shed light on the stories behind the headlines in ...

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What we’re reading: Bulletproof journalism

Posted: Nov. 10, 2016 | Tags: journalism

Illustration by Sydney Ling

Every student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism has to take a course in media law. Our colorful professor, Sandra Davidson, was an expert match for a curriculum filled with sarcastic holdings, absurd lawsuits over adult magazines, tongue-in-cheek advertisements and even rap lyrics (which she performed with enthusiasm). I loved it so much the first time around that I came back as a graduate teaching assistant for two more semesters.

Understanding media law has changed the way I read and write articles, particularly long-form work. Investigative reporting requires the highest level of bullet-proofing against ...

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Gavin MacFadyen: A remembrance

Posted: Oct. 23, 2016 | Tags: journalism

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Journalist Gavin MacFadyen

A leading and memorable figure in investigative journalism, Gavin MacFadyen, 76, died in London Saturday after a short illness. His wife, creative producer Susan Benn, the founder and president of the Performing Arts Lab there, survives him.

Gavin, according to his IMDb profile, was a senior director/producer, and he worked on over 50 investigative television programs, for PBS FRONTLINE, Granada Television’s "World in Action," the BBC’s programs "Fine Cut," "Panorama," "The Money Programme" and "24 Hours," and British Channel 4’s "Dispatches." He investigated and reported on such stories about child labor ...

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Summer 2017 interns

We're looking for talented student journalists to join our team in the summer of 2017.  Positions include researchers/reporters, data journalists and video editors. Application deadline is Feb. 15.

Russia's disinformation strategy

Louise Lief, our scholar in residence, writes about Russia's manipulation of news and information, not only in the recent U.S. elections but also in other countries as well. 

Remembrances

Charles Lewis and Gordon Witkin reflect on the lives and careers of Phillip Knightley and David Donald, two renowned investigative journalists who died earlier this month. Knightley was well-known for his work on holding drug manufacturers accountable for the widespread use of the drug thalidomide, which caused birth defects across Europe. Donald was one of the pioneers and leaders of modern, computer-assisted data journalism. You can see their tributes here on the ICIJ website.


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