Archives for May, 2016

Madden wins Schorr prize

Posted: May 23, 2016 | Tags: police

Patrick Madden of NPR member station WAMU 88.5 is the winner of the annual Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, named for the respected NPR senior news analyst and veteran Washington journalist who died in 2010.  

The $5,000 Schorr award, sponsored by WBUR and Boston University, and funded by Jim and Nancy Bildner, recognizes a new generation of public radio journalists under the age of 35 seeking to inspire them to stretch the boundaries of the medium.

Madden was cited for “Assault on Justice,” a collaboration with WAMU, the Investigative Reporting Workshop and Reveal News. The radio documentary and written ...

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MacArthur Foundation awards Workshop

Posted: May 18, 2016 | Tags: journalism

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The Investigative Reporting Workshop will receive $1.5 million in general operating support over the next five years from the MacArthur Foundation, which today announced its renewed and expanded commitment to journalism and media.

The Workshop is one of 12 news organizations across the country to receive these unrestricted grants. 

As part of its commitment to accountability and explanatory reporting, the foundation announced nearly $25 million in unrestricted, five-year, general operating grants to support professional nonprofit reporting; nonfiction, multimedia storytelling; and civic media "that enables new ways for people to express and organize themselves for social change," the foundation said ...

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Superstorm Sandy victims still struggling

Posted: May 9, 2016 | Tags: disaster relief

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Photo by Andrew Kreighbaum

From left: Daniel Farber Ball, Ashley Campbell, Taylor Harris and Anthony Brunner worked as researchers and production assistants on the new program.

A new PBS/NPR investigation, "Business of Disaster," examines why thousands of residents of New Jersey and New York are still struggling three years after Superstorm Sandy devastated their communities.

NPR reporter Laura Sullivan teamed up with the PBS FRONTLINE production team — writer-producer Rick Young and associate producers Emma Schwartz and Fritz Kramer — based here at the Workshop and the School of Communication to take a deep dive into the nation’s disaster recovery ...

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What we're reading: Homicide coverage

Posted: May 3, 2016 | Tags: journalism, Logan Symposium

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Illustration by Sydney Ling

 

I finished reading "Ghettoside" by Jill Leovy, a reporter at The Los Angeles Times who embedded for more than a year with the Los Angeles Police Department in South Los Angeles, a world unto its own. 

I knew of the book — a New York Times bestseller, named one of the 10 best books of the year by USA TODAY, the San Francisco Chronicle and Chicago Tribune — and had read several reviews.

But hearing Leovy speak about how to cover police — as part of a panel during the Logan Symposium at the University of California, Berkeley — intrigued ...

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