Archives for July, 2017
Posted: July 14, 2017 | Tags: Television news
Nearly 15 years ago, the five largest television companies owned about 180 of the country’s local news channels. Now, after years of dizzying buying sprees, mergers and billions of dollars spent, those companies own more than twice that — a pattern of consolidation that worries many, both within the industry and outside of it.
Sinclair Broadcasting Group, by far the largest of these companies, offered a case study of this disconcerting phenomenon two months ago when it announced plans to acquire Tribune Media for $3.9 billion. This deal would land Sinclair an additional 42 channels ...
Posted: July 12, 2017 | Tags: education
Earlier this year, protesters at the University of California, Berkeley transformed the school’s lively campus hub, Sproul Plaza, into a battleground — seriously, some actually called the fallout the “Battle of Berkeley.”
This fight had national consequences and, for a time, made UC Berkeley the front lines of something Washington Post columnist Daniel Drezner dubbed “The War on College:” an increasingly hostile opinion of higher education. Even President Trump, then newly-inaugurated, weighed in.
Illustration by Sydney Ling, IRW
Recent investigative and longform work that has inspired our IRW summer interns.
"My Fourth Months as a Private Prison Guard"
by Shane Bauer for Mother Jones
A veteran investigative reporter once told me that trying to report on prisons is like being a war correspondent, only harder, given the extreme lack of access afforded to the press in investigating prison conditions and abuses.
Last year, Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer found a way around this extreme lack of access using a muckraker-era reporting technique — going undercover. Concealing his purpose without lying about his ...