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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‘Dropped and Dismissed’ wins Murrow Award

“Dropped and Dismissed,” an investigation into child sexual abuse co-produced by the Workshop, just won an Edward R. Murrow award for News Documentary.

Free speech heated on campuses

Free speech controversies on college campuses nationwide show some experts that students need education about First Amendment protections earlier and often, according to a panel of academic and free speech authorities who spoke Wednesday afternoon at the Newseum. 


Rare footage, interviews highlight new Ken Burns doc

In preparation for the September premiere of PBS’s new documentary series on the Vietnam War, directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick talked Monday night at the Newseum about the importance of both press freedom and finding humanity during one of America’s darkest and most divisive wars.


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