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Tracking nonprofit news worldwide

Posted: May 26, 2015 | Tags: nonprofit organization

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Anya Schiffrin edited a new book about investigative journalism around the world

In the last five years, the public was deprived of as many as a thousand important stories ranging from “an investor’s plan to bundle and sell minority-owned broadcaster companies on the public spectrum” to “blatant corruption” in Florida. Investigative freelancers abandoned these stories because of resource constraints, advocacy group Project Word said in a report.

The survey, published in February 2015, said declining pay, costly health insurance and contracts that neither allowed them to resell their works nor offered protection against libel ...

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BuzzFeed partners with Workshop

Posted: May 13, 2015 | Tags: journalism

FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Workshop analyzed three federal databases for “The Trouble with Chicken," the third in a series of programs and stories about antibiotic resistance.

BuzzFeed News also partnered with us in the research for this latest program. BuzzFeed obtained data from the Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Food and Drug Administration through a Freedom of Information Act request filed by its reporter Chris Hamby.

BuzzFeed News agreed to share the data with producer Rick Young and reporter Emma Schwartz and the Workshop's data editor, David Donald. BuzzFeed also wrote about the program, which aired ...

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DC: Overuse of assault charge

Posted: May 9, 2015 | Tags: police

The Investigative Reporting Workshop, WAMU 88.5 News and Reveal collaborated on "Assault on Justice," a five-month project investigating the use and possible overuse of the charge of "assaulting a police officer" in the District of Columbia.

The Workshop, a nonprofit news organization based at American University, and WAMU 88.5, the local NPR affiliate owned by American University, previously co-produced "Dollars & Deals," which looked at how DC City Council members, who vote on city contracts worth more than $1 million, are raking in campaign contributions from many of those same firms.

This is the first collaboration among all three ...

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“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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