Archives for June, 2013

Workshop, Post continue partnerships

Posted: June 26, 2013 | Tags: public media

Our expanding partnership with The Washington Post begins with a story published today and written by Alexia Campbell, the Workshop's Graduate Fellow, who looked into the Army's cleanup of a medical research facility in Silver Spring, Md.

Campbell is working with the Post Metro Editor, Vernon Loeb, and with our new senior editor and investigative reporter John Sullivan, a Pulitzer Prize-winner from The Philadelphia Inquirer who is now on the investigations team at the Post.

The School of Communication has undergrad and graduate students assigned to the Post through competitive dean's internships. Campbell's position represents a ...

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Lewis wins Mizzou award

Posted: June 25, 2013 | Tags: Charles Lewis

Since 1930, the Missouri School of Journalism has awarded the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism to individuals chosen by the faculty who have exhibited superior achievements in their respective fields of communications. The awarded is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious journalism honors. Past winners have included Tom Brokaw, Gloria Steinem, Winston Churchill and Deborah Howell, as well as many other noteworthy individuals. The award is not limited to any particular form of journalism nor is there a set number of awards given each year. All who contribute to the field are considered.

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Border Patrol wins first 'golden padlock' award

Posted: June 25, 2013 | Tags: IRE

More than 1,200 journalists from around the world showed up last week in San Antonio for the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference. From my perspective, here are some of the memorable moments:

  • The IRE awards luncheon (my Tweet: “The best hour in journalism”) is always a highlight. But this year’s keynote speech by Mexican journalist Marcela Turati was one of the most powerful I have ever heard. With chilling detail she described the violence the drug cartels are visiting on her country — and how the cartels intimidate and murder journalists in order to help prolong their reign ...

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Leaks, leakers and government scrutiny

Posted: June 24, 2013 | Tags: Investigative Reporters and Editors

Organizers of the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ annual national conference could not have anticipated that a whistleblower named Edward Snowden would reveal information about two secret National Security Agency (NSA) programs just before this year’s conference in San Antonio last week. But panel discussions on what journalists covering such stories would have to deal with were on the schedule: protecting sources, reporting on extensive government surveillance and keeping newsrooms safe from federal authorities seeking to ...

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Wisconsin legislators vote to kick investigative journalism out

Posted: June 5, 2013 | Tags: journalism

One of the most famous statements by the father of modern conservatism, Edmund Burke, is: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” It is frequently attributed to the 18th century philosopher and statesman, even though, according to the "Yale Book of Quotations," it has never been found in his actual writings. Its provenance and exactly why it was said, in other words, remain as murky and elusive today as what happened early this morning, and why, just after dawn in Madison, Wis.  

For reasons as yet unclear, a group of Republican state ...

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Recent Posts

‘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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