Archives for February, 2013

Summer internship deadline nears

Posted: Feb. 15, 2013 | Tags: Workshop news

The Investigative Reporting Workshop, a professional news organization in the School of Communication at American University, is looking for smart, engaged students from around the country for summer internships.

Positions include researchers, videographers, graphic designers and web producers. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply. Preferred majors include journalism, communication, film, public policy, public health, history or economics.

The Workshop publishes in-depth stories about government and corporate accountability, ranging widely from the environment and health to national security and the economy. The Workshop pairs experienced professional reporters and editors with students and co-publishes with mainstream media partners as well ...

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The economy again takes center stage

Posted: Feb. 15, 2013 | Tags: economy

The national economy took center stage again this week with the president's State of the Union address, and reporter Michael Lawson uses Obama's call for a hike in the minimum wage to file a story on the increase in the number of working families who are still considered "working poor," according to government income thresholds. We also revisit our colleagues, Donald Barlett and James Steele, who have been writing about the economy — and, specifically, the intersection of Washington and Wall Street policies that have contributed to the nation's current plight. The two talk about their journalistic practices ...

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New programs, new ideas

Posted: Feb. 6, 2013 | Tags: Manufacturing, Sunlight Foundation, What Went Wrong

Reporter Michael Lawson, who continues to cover the economy for us as part of our “What Went Wrong” series, looks at the influence of innovative college engineering programs, and their potential impact on the growth of manufacturing in the country. 

Lawson also branched out of his comfort zone last weekend when he participated in a “data fest” at Columbia University. Journalists, computer programmers and math wizards worked in teams to see if they could find, compile, analyze and then make more easily accessible databases related to government and campaign finances. Michael wrote about the challenges and the thrill of this ...

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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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