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Journalism in the Trump era

Posted: Feb. 6, 2017 | Tags: interns

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From left: Robert Costa, Kristen Soltis Anderson and Trevor Thrall talk about the challenges of covering the new Trump administration.

Donald Trump spared no time battling the American media. Not only did he call the media “dishonest” the first day after taking office, but Sean Spicer, his press secretary, held the first briefing to accuse the media of “deliberately false reporting” on the inauguration’s crowd size.

 “In America, the president reigns for four years, and journalism governs forever and ever,” said Nikolav Malyarov, the moderator of one of PressReader’s forums on political ...

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Becoming a journalist

Posted: Feb. 6, 2017 | Tags: interns

A panel of media professionals shared their back stories with reporters and journalism students at a PressReader forum on political coverage recently in Washington.

PressReader is a Canadian-based news community that offers all-you-can-read news access to newspapers and magazines around the globe.

Rick Klein, political director of ABC News, said it was the variety of experiences that drew him into the business.

 “There’s something about the ability to go and ask questions of people and experience things and learn something that to me is always compelling,” Klein said.

Ashley Codianni, director of social publishing at CNN, said she found ...

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Recent news

Posted: Feb. 2, 2017 | Tags: Charles Lewis

Executive Editor Charles Lewis was interviewed for a New York Times story Jan. 28, and commented on the first week of the Trump presidency and its widely identified falsehoods: 

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Charles Lewis 

“We’ve never seen anything this bizarre in our lifetimes, where up is down and down is up and everything is in question and nothing is real,” said Lewis, the founder of the Center for Public Integrity and the author of “935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity,” a book about presidential deception.

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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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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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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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Journalism in the Trump era

Not only did the new president call the media “dishonest” the first day after taking office, but Sean Spicer, his press secretary, accused the media of “deliberately false reporting” on the inauguration’s crowd size. What do reporters think is the best way to deal with a hostile administration?

Becoming a journalist

How did some of the pros covering the new administration get their start? Several weighed in during a recent panel on the challenges of covering the new Trump administration.

Recent news

“We’ve never seen anything this bizarre in our lifetimes, where up is down and down is up and everything is in question and nothing is real,” said Charles Lewis, the founder of the Center for Public Integrity and the author of “935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity.” 


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