Archives for December, 2015

BankTracker updates

Posted: Dec. 16, 2015 | Tags: banks

We’ve just updated the BankTracker database to include the third quarter, Sept. 30 releases from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the National Credit Union Administration. 

And while the country and presidential candidates now seem focused on foreign policy and national security, it won’t be surprising if banking policies and practices get renewed attention in the upcoming primaries. 

We continue to analyze and provide quarterly banking and credit union data, based on reports from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the National Credit Union Administration, and analyzed by the Workshop’s former Senior Editor Wendell Cochran and Data ...

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New training shows officers how to 'calm things down'

Posted: Dec. 11, 2015 | Tags: police

In today’s Washington Post, reporter Kimberly Kindy examines a new kind of training for police recruits near Seattle, in which officials say they are determined to produce “guardians of democracy” who serve and protect — instead of “warriors” who conquer and control.

Ashley Balcerzak, a master’s student at AU, Workshop intern and in the practicum taught by John Sullivan at the Post, researched a section on how police weapons have changed. She also helped to fact-check the story and then wrote in more detail about what she learned in “How the police duty belt went from Officer Friendly to ...

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Recent Posts

'New Newsrooms' wins research award

The Investigative Reporting Workshop has won the Society for Professional Journalists’ Research about Journalism Award for “The New Newsrooms,” an examination of nonprofit centers for investigative journalism worldwide. The reporters who founded these centers followed the example of their colleagues in the U.S., where this model has thrived for the past two decades.

'Business of Disaster' finalist in IRE awards

“Business of Disaster,” the PBS FRONTLINE program about ongoing housing problems more than three years after the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy, was a finalist in the IRE awards this year in both the large broadcast/video category and also in the large radio/audio category. 

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.


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