Archives for September, 2016

BankTracker updates

Posted: Sept. 29, 2016 | Tags: BankTracker

Our BankTracker report has been updated with the latest figures from the Federal Deposit Insurance  Corporation (FDIC) to reflect the second quarter ending in June 2016. BankTracker traces the financial health of every bank and credit union in the country.

Banks have declined by more than 27 percent since the Great Recession began in December 2007. But total assets, capital, deposits, profits and reserves have all collectively improved, according to an in-depth analysis of FDIC data by the Workshop published earlier this year.  

The most recent data were analyzed by Wendell Cochran, the creator of the project and the Workshop ...

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Islamophobia in focus: Panel confronts American media bias against Islam

Posted: Sept. 27, 2016 | Tags: Islamophobia

Abdelkader

 Photo by Maria Bryk, Newseum

Engy Abdelkader and fellow panelists encourage journalists to improve coverage by featuring stories on daily life.

Journalists and scholars of Islam explored the bias Muslims face and how the media influences both public opinion and global politics in “Islamophobia in Focus” last week at the Newseum.

Research shows that 9 out of 10 news stories about Islam involve terrorism and violence. The one-hour conversation was moderated by Engy Abdelkader, a researcher for Georgetown University’s Bridge Initiative, and featured John Esposito, Arsalan Iftikhar, Dalie Mogahed, Ayman Mohyeldin and Roland Schatz, who explored how the media ...

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New Trump biography reveals a complex picture

Posted: Sept. 20, 2016 | Tags: journalism

Longtime Washington Post reporters Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher said most of their 20 hours of interviews with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took place in his lavish Trump Tower office in New York City with a grand view of Central Park. They described those encounters and their reporting to a full house at The Washington Post recently, where they talked about the presidential candidate and their new book,  “Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Money, Ego and Power,” (Scribner, 448 pages).

As they watched his campaign unfold, Kranish and Fisher developed a more all-encompassing story about the real ...

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What we're reading: In-depth stories covering a wide range of topics

Posted: Sept. 20, 2016 | Tags: interns

Small illustration of a closed book.

Illustration by Sydney Ling

 

I didn't always know I wanted to be an investigative reporter. In fact, it was not until years after being properly introduced to journalism at Morehouse College that I was even made aware of what investigative reporting really was through the Georgia News Lab created by David Armstrong.

That experience of serving as a student investigative reporter with the lab, followed by a summer with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as an investigative intern, is what truly sparked my awareness.

A large part of this late introduction stemmed from me being naïve of the power and ...

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Charge of assaulting an officer narrows in DC

Posted: Sept. 7, 2016 | Tags: police

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Photo by Jeff Watts, American University

Patrick Madden at work at WAMU-FM, a partner with the Workshop on "Assault on Justice" about the potential over-use of the charge in Washington, D.C.

When reporter Patrick Madden heard about the case of Dwight Harris being charged with assaulting a police officer from his motorized wheelchair, he knew something was amiss. He wanted to know how and just how often how often this happens. To find out, Madden and WAMU teamed with the Investigative Reporting Workshop and Reveal to launch an unprecedented examination of nearly 2,000 assault cases in the District ...

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Recent Posts

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.

Washington journalists on Trump’s war on the press

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.

A journalist who sought to democratize data

In a period when many academics, journalists, civil-society groups and citizens fear that federal data may be altered to suit political agendas, the tools and techniques data journalists use will help keep it honest. And David Donald was one data journalism's standard bearers, taking steps to lowering barriers to entry in the field, including co-hosting workshops for social workers, real-estate brokers, designers, business managers, pediatricians, even zoologists. 


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