Archives for December, 2011

Aaron awarded fellowship

Posted: Dec. 20, 2011 | Tags: Workshop news

Our Kat Aaron, project editor of What Went Wrong, has been named as an Alicia Patterson Fellow for 2012. The prestigious Patterson fellowship will allow Aaron to continue her reporting into the functioning of the nation's civil courts system. She wrote two stories on the civil courts earlier this year, exploring the history of controversy around the Legal Services Corporation and the impact of budget cuts on civil justice. The program, named for Alicia Patterson, the longtime editor and publisher of Newsday, was was established in 1965 to support working journalists pursuing in-depth reporting. It is America’s oldest ...

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Producer nominated for Flying Cheaper

Posted: Dec. 16, 2011 | Tags: airline maintenance

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Young gets second nomination.

Rick Young, PBS FRONTLINE and Investigative Reporting Workshop producer, was nominated for a 2012 Writers Guild award today for Flying Cheaper, which aired earlier this year.

The program was a follow-up to last year’s Flying Cheap, a one-hour co-production of the Workshop and FRONTLINE, for which Young received a 2011 Writers’ Guild award in the documentary category.

In Flying Cheaper, we examined the growth of contract maintenance in the airline industry, as carriers outsource more of their work.

The Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America ...

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The Workshop needs your help

Posted: Dec. 15, 2011 | Tags: Workshop news

For nearly three years, the Investigative Reporting Workshop has been bringing you outstanding coverage of key issues. We’ve reported on the banking crisis, stimulus funding for green energy projects, lobbying by the nuclear power industry, among other stories. Our partnership with FRONTLINE has produced acclaimed documentaries on airline safety and immigration detention. Our ongoing What Went Wrong project is putting a spotlight on the systemic  issues facing the American economy, providing a context for the current debates in Washington and the motivation of the people participating in the nationwide Occupy movement. Executive Editor Charles Lewis has written extensively about ...

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Coal company pays record settlement

Posted: Dec. 7, 2011 | Tags: mine, west virginia

The owner of the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia, where 29 men died in an explosion last year, has agreed to pay $209 million in civil and criminal penalties. This is the largest settlement in a criminal investigation of a mine disaster in U.S. history, which you can read about in the Charleston, W.Va., Gazette. Last year, we reported on the poor safety record of Massey Energy, which Alpha Natural Resources bought out in June.  

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