Archives for May, 2011

Report blames Massey practices for mine disaster

Posted: May 19, 2011 | Tags: Massey Energy Co., mine

Today's New York Times reports that an independent investigation blames Massey Energy Co. for causing the deaths of 29 miners at a mine in West Virginia. The 120-page report says Massey, the mine's owner, had a pattern of negligence that led to the worst mining incident in 40 years.

As the Investigative Reporting Workshop reported in our The Coal Truth project last fall, no U.S. coal company had a worse fatality record than Massey, even before the Upper Big Branch disaster.

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May newsletter

Posted: May 16, 2011 | Tags: Frontline, What Went Wrong

In this month's newsletter, Senior Editor Margaret Ebrahim talks about the Workshop's unique partnership with the award-winning TV documentary series PBS FRONTLINE. Reporter Michael Lawson shares the human side of economics reporting, and we welcome this summer's Workshop interns.

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Recent Posts

TV viewership declines, diversity stalls in newsrooms

Revenue and audience trends for Hispanic- and black-oriented news outlets have mirrored closely the fluctuation of the industry overall, a recent Pew Research Center report found.


Survivors reflect on life after deadly bacterial infections

When FRONTLINE’s "Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria" premiered in 2013, Addie Rerecich and David Ricci were still struggling with the consequences of devastating antibiotic-resistant infections. Four years later, FRONTLINE and the Workshop caught up with the two survivors to find out how they were doing as part of an updated broadcast of the film tonight, July 25, 2017, nationwide on PBS. Check local listings.

Sinclair exemplifies consolidation concerns in TV news

Nearly 15 years ago, the five largest television companies owned about 180 of the country’s local news channels. Now, after years of dizzying buying sprees, mergers and billions of dollars spent, those companies own more than twice that — a pattern of consolidation that worries many, both within the industry and outside of it. 


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