Archives for March, 2016

Workshop researcher reports on religion for the Post

Posted: March 24, 2016 | Tags: The Washington Post

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Ashley Campbell

Participating in The Washington Post Investigative Practicum was one of the many opportunities that led me to attend the American University graduate program in journalism. The experience has been more than I expected, as the faculty and Post staff worked to develop a position unique to my interest in religion. 

As a religion reporting intern for Acts of Faith, I have been able to talk to Morgan Freeman about God and contribute to the coverage of Pope Francis’ changes to Catholic rituals. This experience has let me work alongside religion reporters I’ve followed ...

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Why you should attend NICAR next year

Posted: March 22, 2016 | Tags: Investigative Reporters and Editors

Several Workshop staffers, including Executive Editor Charles Lewis, recently attended the annual conference devoted to computer-assisted reporting, which was held this year in Denver.

What they discovered at the conference run by NICAR, the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, and IRE, Investigative Reporters & Editors:

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Charles Lewis

Charles Lewis, executive editor 

The CAR 2016 conference in Denver was extraordinary for me, on a few levels.

Sentimentally, I thought back to the very first computer-assisted reporting conference in the United States, held in Indianapolis by Indiana University School of Journalism professor Jim Brown.

Having attended that, and now ...

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New film to portray investigations of Iraq War

Posted: March 22, 2016 | Tags: journalism

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Walcott led the team looking into WMDs.

This is Hollywood’s golden age for investigative journalism. On the heels of “Spotlight’s” Oscar triumphs, “Shock and Awe,” a similarly themed movie to be directed by Rob Reiner, is scheduled to go into production later this year.

The film, written by Joey Hartstone, who is also the screenwriter for Reiner’s upcoming film “LBJ,” tells the tale of the Knight Ridder team that got the story of Saddam’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction right in the run-up to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, when ...

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BankTracker updates

Posted: March 11, 2016 | Tags: banks, BankTracker

We’ve updated the BankTracker database to include the fourth quarter, Dec. 31, 2015, releases from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the National Credit Union Administration. 

The fourth-quarter reports were analyzed by the Workshop’s former Senior Editor Wendell Cochran.

You can search by bank or by credit union to see assets, loans, deposits, reserves, profits and real-estate holdings, among other things. BankTracker still is the only publicly available site that provides this data.

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Trump’s war on the press is a political strategy and it’s working, Margaret Sullivan, the media columnist for The Washington Post, said at the 2017 Missouri-Hurley Symposium at the National Press Club last week.


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