Archives for May, 2017

US drops two spots in 2017 World Press Freedom Index: What's next?

Posted: May 25, 2017 | Tags: journalism


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Margot Susca, American University; Mauricio Rios, the World Bank; Oriana Pina, the Alliance for International Exchange; Rob Britton, Georgetown University; Paul Waters, Democracy Fund.

The United States dropped two spots to 43rd out of 180 nations studied in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index, a list compiled and released last month by Reporters Without Borders. 

That, and other indexes of global media health, journalism’s vibrancy and the impacts on democracy and citizens, were among the topics discussed and debated at a Wednesday evening panel, Exploring Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age, at ...

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What we're reading: book world

Posted: May 25, 2017 | Tags: journalism, Summer reading

Small illustration of a closed book.Illustration by Sydney Ling, IRW


Workshop staffers have a few recommendations for summer readings.

I read "American Dream" by Jason DeParle of The New York Times, which follows the story of three women in Milwaukee and their experiences with the welfare system. Between the three women, there are 10 children from different fathers.

Each woman has a different story about her attempt to support herself and her children. It is an excellent example of using poignant, personal stories to depict and explain a national policy. 

— Catherine York

For a sample of how fraught life continues to be as a result ...

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Fellow contributes to Pulitzer Prize-nominated investigation

Posted: May 25, 2017 | Tags: interns


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Jerrel Floyd 

Workshop Fellow Jerrel Floyd joins nine other students from various colleges around the country who will be working as researchers and reporters, graphic designers and videographers this summer at the Workshop.

Floyd brings with him the experience of having been part of the Atlanta Journal Constitution team that was a finalist for this year's Pulitzer Prize for its report on doctors and sexual misconduct across America. The investigation pulled together and examined thousands of cases of sexual misconduct by physicians in the United States since 1999; highlighting the prevalence of these incidents ...

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'New Newsrooms' wins research award

Posted: May 3, 2017 | Tags: Impact


The Investigative Reporting Workshop has won the Society for Professional Journalists’ Research about Journalism Award for “The New Newsrooms,” an examination of nonprofit centers for investigative journalism worldwide. The reporters who founded these centers followed the example of their colleagues in the U.S., where this model has thrived for the past two decades.

In “The New Newsrooms,” Executive Editor Charles Lewis reflected on the unlikely growth of nonprofit journalism and its profound impact as revelations of government secrets, money-laundering and corruption have been exposed, sometimes by journalists at great personal risk.


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Pietro Lombardi  

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