Archives for December, 2013

Workshop adds TARP data

Posted: Dec. 10, 2013 | Tags: banks

Since the Investigative Reporting Workshop began publishing Banktracker in March 2009, we have tracked bank investments the Treasury Department made as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Even though the program is mostly winding down, the federal government still is owed more than $2 billion.

We also believe there remains significant public interest in how the program has operated even after banks repay their investments, or the Treasury sells off its stock in the banks.

We have added significant detail to our TARP pages, including more information about the sale of the government’s investments. We also have added ...

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Pairing students with the pros

Posted: Dec. 9, 2013 | Tags: tax lien

The Workshop pairs student journalists with professional reporters on contract with us to write either a specific story or series. These students have helped prize-winning investigative reporters develop their stories either directly, such as through interviews, FOIA requests, records searches, or indirectly, by creating spreadsheets of data collected by the reporter or fact-checking rough drafts or scripts.

We've extended this model now to include students working at The Washington Post under the direction of Senior Editor John Sullivan, who is also on the investigative team there. Today the Post published a first-rate example of this effort in practice: Alexia ...

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