Archives for September, 2013

How do you spell winner?

Posted: Sept. 19, 2013 | Tags: National Press Club

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Photo by Kristen Davis, Investigative Reporting Workshop

Ashley Southall of The New York Times walks up to the lectern for her turn in the

bee after Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), third from left, misspells "shenanigans."

A politician again captured the title of Best Speller in the United States when Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia correctly spelled “nonpareil,"  defeating Politico’s Rebecca Sinderbrand in the final round of the Centennial Spelling Bee. The event pitted the press against the pols at the National Press Club in Washington.

The nine journalists on the media team were quick to point out, however ...

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Thinking about new ideas for news

Posted: Sept. 19, 2013 | Tags: journalism

Quality journalism will always be important, but funding it will become increasingly complicated, said media leaders on Sept. 15 at the Newseum in Washington. Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, said that disruptive technology and social media cannot fulfill the function of good investigative journalism. "It doesn’t hold powerful people accountable,” he said. Read Danielle DeCourcey's full story.

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Nurturing a new partnership

Posted: Sept. 19, 2013 | Tags: journalism

The partnership between the Investigative Reporting Workshop and The Washington Post continues to grow, with Workshop interns tackling local stories as well as researching and reporting for major projects by the investigative team. Today the Post features a profile of Andrew Rabens, a special adviser at the State Department,and a finalist for a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America medal. It was written by Jessica Schulberg, a second-year master's student in the School of International Service at American University.

Schulberg is a Workshop intern assigned to our ongoing coverage of the immigration issue, and she also is taking ...

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New directive says solitary should be 'last resort' for immigrant detainees

Posted: Sept. 11, 2013 | Tags: immigration

About 400 immigrant detainees are held in solitary confinement on any given day at detention centers around the country, and as we reported in the Workshop’s original investigation, also published in The New York Times, the extended use of such punitive measures can have devastating effects. A new ICE directive issued last week requires facilities to use solitary confinement as a last resort. Read more about the federal oversight and view our new video, which features some of the detainees from our March stories and which includes rare footage inside solitary confinement cells.  

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Lewis heads to Germany

Posted: Sept. 9, 2013 | Tags: journalism

The Workshop’s executive editor, Chuck Lewis, will travel to Germany this week to speak to international journalists about the changing media landscape and the future of journalism. He will deliver a keynote address to more than 250 online journalists Friday morning during Scoop Camp 2013, a one-day annual digital media conference held in Hamburg. Lewis will host a workshop later that day about international investigative reporting.

Scoop Camp — in its fourth year — brings together programmers, journalists and technology experts to analyze media trends and innovation. This year’s conference will focus on data journalism, new storytelling and social media ...

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