Archives for November, 2011

PBS will re-air 'Flying Cheap' tonight

Posted: Nov. 29, 2011 | Tags: Flying Cheap

The award-winning documentary we co-produced in 2010 with FRONTLINE, Flying Cheap, will be re-broadcast on Nov. 29 on PBS. The program focused on Continental Flight 3407, which crashed on approach to the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport in 2009. Our reporting revealed a little-known trend in the airline industry at the time: Regional airlines account for more than half of all scheduled domestic flights in the United States, and they also are responsible for the last six fatal domestic, commercial airline accidents.

Our investigation made it clear that the major airlines used the regionals to help keep fares low, leading to low ...

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Workshop partners with PIN

Posted: Nov. 18, 2011 | Tags: Public Insight Network

We formed a partnership this month with the Public Insight Network and American Public Media to help us reach new and different sources. (Among APM's programs is one of my favorites, Marketplace.)

PIN is a network of more than 140,000 people who have agreed to be sources for newsrooms in the PIN consortium. Sources come from all walks of life: airline pilots and authors, professors and unemployed auto workers. They all have expertise in something, whether developed through their professional life or their life experience. Perhaps they've lost a job or house, for example, and can provide ...

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Obama official under pressure after documentary airs

Posted: Nov. 10, 2011 | Tags: immigration

Cecilia Munoz, a former, longtime immigration-rights activist, continues to be targeted by Hispanic activists over her defense of the Obama administration's stepped-up deportation of illegal immigrants. The Washington Post reports today that families of immigrants are preparing to confront Munoz, now the director of intergovernmental affairs, Thursday in Phoenix, where she is scheduled to speak at a National League of Cities event.

Munoz was interviewed in the Workshop and FRONTLINE's co-production of the documentary "Lost in Detention" in October, during which she strongly defended the president's policies.

Watch Obama Official Defends Immigrant Deportations on PBS. See more ...

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'New Newsrooms' wins research award

The Investigative Reporting Workshop has won the Society for Professional Journalists’ Research about Journalism Award for “The New Newsrooms,” an examination of nonprofit centers for investigative journalism worldwide. The reporters who founded these centers followed the example of their colleagues in the U.S., where this model has thrived for the past two decades.

'Business of Disaster' finalist in IRE awards

“Business of Disaster,” the PBS FRONTLINE program about ongoing housing problems more than three years after the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy, was a finalist in the IRE awards this year in both the large broadcast/video category and also in the large radio/audio category. 

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.


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