Shop Notes

Still looking for work

Posted: Jan. 14, 2013 | Tags: employment

Reporter Michael Lawson writes today about efforts in some parts of the country to help people find work in ways  that recognize the importance of online skills, such as creating LinkedIn profiles, and of personal interaction, such as providing dress rehearsals for job interviews.

Lawson is part of our team working on the America: What Went Wrong project, which culminated in the publication in August 2012 of "The Betrayal of the American Dream," a new book by Don Barlett and Jim Steele. The award-winning investigative journalists also write for the Workshop's website; Lawson did research for the book.

For this story, Lawson found people around the country using our access to sources through American Public Media's Public Insight Network, which helps us find people with real-world expertise or firsthand experiences. We heard from people who had been in and out of jobs since 2007 and whether and how their local unemployment offices were of much help. While a small number of the more than 70 people who responded to our queries reported an efficient experience, most expressed a frustration with the services provided.

And despite one-time funding from the stimulus plan, most state and local programs remain underfunded and overburdened, according to the experts we talked to and those they are working to help.




Recent Posts

Summer 2017 interns

We're looking for talented student journalists to join our team in the summer of 2017.  Positions include researchers/reporters, data journalists and video editors. Application deadline is Feb. 15.

Russia's disinformation strategy

Louise Lief, our scholar in residence, writes about Russia's manipulation of news and information, not only in the recent U.S. elections but also in other countries as well. 

Remembrances

Charles Lewis and Gordon Witkin reflect on the lives and careers of Phillip Knightley and David Donald, two renowned investigative journalists who died earlier this month. Knightley was well-known for his work on holding drug manufacturers accountable for the widespread use of the drug thalidomide, which caused birth defects across Europe. Donald was one of the pioneers and leaders of modern, computer-assisted data journalism. You can see their tributes here on the ICIJ website.


 Subscribe to the RSS Feed

Archives

Twitter

Follow the workshop at IRWorkshop