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

The back-story behind Workshop's first data project on banks

In BankTracker, our long-running series that debuted in March 2009, we analyzed publicly available data to report on the financial health of the nation’s banks and credit unions. Though the project met with resistance from the banking association at the time, the updates continue to be welcomed by readers.

Washington journalists on Trump’s war on the press

Trump’s war on the press is a political strategy and it’s working, Margaret Sullivan, the media columnist for The Washington Post, said at the 2017 Missouri-Hurley Symposium at the National Press Club last week.

A journalist who sought to democratize data

In a period when many academics, journalists, civil-society groups and citizens fear that federal data may be altered to suit political agendas, the tools and techniques data journalists use will help keep it honest. And David Donald was one data journalism's standard bearers, taking steps to lowering barriers to entry in the field, including co-hosting workshops for social workers, real-estate brokers, designers, business managers, pediatricians, even zoologists. 


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