Archives for November, 2017

Science march film will turn on scientists turned political candidates, leaders

Posted: Nov. 20, 2017 | Tags: Larry Kirkman, March on Science, Protest for Science


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Frontline protesters, including Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," at the March for Science in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 2017.


March for Science and Public Policy 11/27 from Larry Kirkman on Vimeo.

“Preponderance of Evidence,” a documentary about the impact of the April 22 March on Science, will tell stories about scientists who want to counter the Trump administration’s war on science.

The film will feature footage of thousands of marchers trekking in rainy conditions toward Capitol Hill protesting policies of the new president, who cast doubt about climate change and vaccines ...

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A shortlist of fall media

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017 | Tags: science

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Investigative Reporting Workshop Fellow Zane Anthony recommends the following in-depth stories you might have missed, models of today's multimedia projects.

The autumn news cycle boiled over like some Northwestern river amid a peak salmon run. Here, I bring together exceptional examples of storytelling I’ve spent time with in the last few weeks. They pinball and rebound between the most salient topics in media of the moment: extreme wealth, the White House and race.


Enterprise stories

The Paradise Papers,” Nov. 13 in VICE News Tonight

It’s paradise found, not lost, this month for the international consortium of slam-dunk ...

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FRONTLINE, IRW launch new fellowship

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017 | Tags: Frontline


Photo by Jeff Watts, AU

Kate McCormick

The PBS series FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Workshop (IRW) at American University’s School of Communication are pleased to announce a new journalism fellowship.

The inaugural FRONTLINE/IRW Fellow, Kate McCormick, who is finishing her master’s degree at George Washington University, will work with writer-producer Rick Young and his FRONTLINE team based at AU. She also will write for FRONTLINE’s digital platforms, and will contribute to upcoming projects at the Workshop.

“We’re so proud of the investigations we’ve carried out with the team at the Workshop, and we ...

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Barriers still keep disabled voters from polls

Posted: Nov. 2, 2017 | Tags: elections, Federal Election Commission, GAO, Justice Department

Nearly 28 years since the passing of the American’s with Disabilities Act, some polling places and voting systems still are not accessible.

The Government Accountability Office released a report today based on its review of polling places and stations in the 2016 election.

It gathered data for 178 polling places and found that 60 percent had barriers, including “steep ramps located outside buildings, lack of signs indicating accessible paths, and poor parking or path surfaces.”

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 required, among other things, that polling places be accessible and have at least one accessible voting machine ...

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New site keeps journalists' stories alive

Posted: Nov. 2, 2017 | Tags: journalism

On March 2, 2017, Cecilio Pineda, a Mexican investigative reporter, posted a video about the close tie between a drug cartel leader and a local politician on his Facebook account. Two hours later, he was murdered

Pineda’s investigation, along with ones of two other fallen journalists on drug cartels in Mexico, has been translated into nine languages by Forbidden Stories, a newly launched website, so their work can reach as many people as possible. 

Laurent Richard

Photo by Bruce Guthrie

Laurent Richard presents the Forbidden Stories project at the Newseum.

Laurent Richard, the founder of Forbidden Stories, a renowned TV journalist ...

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Recent Posts

Questions of environmental justice take center stage

The intersection of the First Amendment, environmental justice and racism was the focus at a recent National Geographic event, “Environmental Justice: What’s Next?” 

A NICAR newbie goes to Chicago

Data journalism is still new to me. Despite that, I decided to dive in head first and attend the recent NICAR conference in Chicago. It was one of my best experiences as a journalist so far. The conference led me to think about alternative sources for data — even for hidden communities. 

Apprehensions at U.S.-Mexico border down from 2017

The number of people apprehended or denied entry into the U.S. dropped from 2017.

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