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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


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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Chuck Lewis attends the Integrity20 conference in Australia

Posted: Oct. 21, 2016 | Tags: Charles Lewis

Charles Lewis

Photo by Jeff Watts, AU

Charles Lewis

Terrorism, corruption and the future of democracy — those are some of the topics that will be addressed at the Integrity20 conference in Brisbane, Australia, from Oct. 24-26. The conference aims to assemble “20 of the world’s most unique, courageous and provocative minds” to discuss some of the most important problems the world faces. One of the speakers will be Charles Lewis, the founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop.

“I will talk about why the U.S. elections are so astonishingly different from elections in other major countries,” Lewis says. He ...

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Newseum celebrates Cronkite's legacy

Posted: Oct. 17, 2016 | Tags: journalism, journalism history


“If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”

— President Lyndon Johnson, 1968 

Top journalists came together in Washington recently to remember the life and impact of news anchor Walter Cronkite, a journalist once known as “the most trusted man in America.” 

For decades, Cronkite defined broadcast journalism. He was the anchor who told America about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the death of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, the first walk on the moon. He was the reporter who brought the Watergate scandal to a national audience when other networks were too afraid ...

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Can the next president rewrite the First Amendment?

Posted: Oct. 17, 2016 | Tags: elections


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Adam Liptak

The 2016 presidential election’s effect on free speech comes with a good-news-bad-news message: The Supreme Court is likely to continue protecting free speech for reporters and the public, but “secrecy creep” will probably worsen in executive agencies and the White House.

A bipartisan trend towards less transparency, “secrecy creep” results in less information for the press and the public, Katie Townsend, litigation director for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said. She made her comments during a National Press Club Journalism Institute panel discussion Wednesday. 


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Lessons on media law

Posted: Oct. 4, 2016 | Tags: media law

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Illustration by Ben Fall, IRW


From bias and free speech to copyright and censorship, issues in media law dominated a daylong session at the National Press Club recently. 

“Media Law for Journalists: A legal workshop and editorial roundtable” was designed to teach journalists and journalism students how to protect themselves from libel accusations, violations of privacy and reputational harm. The program was run by the Media Law Resource Center, which is hosting a similar session at Boston University Oct. 17.

The first question on the agenda: "How do journalists get into trouble for their content?" Tips from the experts follow ...

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Charles Lewis travels to Oxford

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Panel weighs future of education under Trump presidency

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