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Jennifer LaFleur joins Workshop as data editor

Posted: Aug. 28, 2017 | Tags: Workshop news

Jennifer LaFleur joins the Investigative Reporting Workshop as its new data editor and the School of Communication at American University as a data journalist-in-residence today.

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Jennifer LaFleur

LaFleur was previously senior editor for data journalism for the award-winning Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, which she joined in 2013, and where she worked as a senior editor, managing news apps developers, data reporters, investigative reporters and fellows. She also contributed to or edited dozens of major projects while at Reveal.

"Jennifer LaFleur is one of the preeminent data journalists in the world," says Chuck Lewis, executive editor at the ...

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An inside look at Fatal Force series

Posted: July 15, 2016 | Tags: police, social justice, Workshop news

Washington Post analysis by William Wan and Kimberly Kindy:

The hail of gunfire from one shooter and its latest casualties — three killed, three injured on Sunday in Baton Rouge — ratcheted up fears among law enforcement nationwide and brought the number of officers shot and killed in the line of duty to 30 this year, nearly double the toll at this time last year.

Our recently published “Fatal Force: Two years after Ferguson, police shootings up,” a project with The Washington Post, is an extension of the Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series illuminating officer-involved shootings in the United States during 2015 ...

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Seeking to escape metrics' tyranny, an editor asks, 'Why?'

Posted: June 16, 2016 | Tags: metrics, Workshop news

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Photo by by Akash Ghai, Newsroom14.Journalists.org

NPR’s Brian Boyer celebrates winning an award for “Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt.”

They are extremely addictive. Repeat users describe an adrenaline rush, followed by rapid mood swings that fluctuate between exhilaration, and anxiety, self-doubt and despair. They also report high stress levels.

In our brave new big data world, web metrics, the statistics that measure page views, unique visitors, bounce rates, engagement time, tweets, Facebook “Likes,” and a host of other things, have become proxies for an organization’s effectiveness.

But after reading several critiques of current analytics tools, including ...

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Sometimes the safest digital footprint is the simplest

Posted: July 8, 2015 | Tags: Workshop news

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Cybersecurity is a bit of a balancing act. Employ too many tools, and you could end up with complicated workflows that make you more susceptible to unwanted attention. Do nothing and you could put yourself, or your sources, at risk. 

To better understand this balancing act, I attended a cybersecurity training session offered at the National Press Club recently. Below I’ll share some key takeaways and easy steps we can all take to be more secure. 

Know what you have

The first step on the path to cybersecurity: Stop and think about what information ...

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Lewis speaks about future of nonprofit news in Germany

Posted: June 16, 2015 | Tags: Workshop news

Chuck Lewis speaks about the nonprofit journalism ecosystem.

The nonprofit journalism ecosystem has been increasing overseas with new reporting centers created in recent years in Germany and elsewhere. 

Charles Lewis, founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop and professor at American University, is meeting and speaking with journalists in two cities in Germany this week about nonprofit investigative journalism. Founder of the Center for Public Integrity (1989) and its International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (1997), he was dubbed “the godfather of nonprofit investigative journalism” in 2008 by the PBS media blog MediaShift. Today in the U.S., there are now approximately 100 nonprofit news organizations, according to ...

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Learning how to make the most of our data at NICAR

Posted: March 1, 2014 | Tags: campaign finance, Federal Election Commission, Investigative Reporters and Editors, journalism, National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, NICAR, reporting, Workshop news

Reporters are increasingly using data to find stories. At NICAR's annual conference, where 1,000 journalists are gathering in Baltimore this year, reporters, editors, programmers and datavisualization experts are sharing best practices for acquiring databases or building their own. 

A session on Federal Election Campaign (FEC) data, led by Aaron Bycoffe, Jack Gillum, and Chris Schnaars, focused on how to gain access to the publicly available but highly obfuscated records that show who donated what to political campaigns. The speakers said just 150 people accounted for $810 billion worth of donations to Super PACs in the 2012 presidential race ...

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Summer internship deadline nears

Posted: Feb. 15, 2013 | Tags: Workshop news

The Investigative Reporting Workshop, a professional news organization in the School of Communication at American University, is looking for smart, engaged students from around the country for summer internships.

Positions include researchers, videographers, graphic designers and web producers. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply. Preferred majors include journalism, communication, film, public policy, public health, history or economics.

The Workshop publishes in-depth stories about government and corporate accountability, ranging widely from the environment and health to national security and the economy. The Workshop pairs experienced professional reporters and editors with students and co-publishes with mainstream media partners as well ...

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'Betrayal' climbs best-sellers list

Posted: Aug. 30, 2012 | Tags: Workshop news

Journalists Donald Barlett and James Steele head to Hunter College in New York next week, where they will talk about their new book, "The Betrayal of the American Dream," in which the reporting team showed how the middle-class standard of living has been eroded by policies in Washington and practices on Wall Street

They will speak at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at 6 p.m. Sept. 5, sharing stories from the many people interviewed for the book. They'll also talk about the numbers behind those stories, including these figures: If you were one of the richest Americans ...

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'Lost in Detention' wins Imagen award

Posted: Aug. 13, 2012 | Tags: Workshop news

"Lost in Detention," a co-production of the Investigative Reporting Workshop and PBS FRONTLINE, won an Imagen award for Best National Informational Program.

Margaret Ebrahim, a senior editor and co-producer of the film, accepted the award at a dinner last week at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Imagen Foundation, an organization that celebrates Latinos in the entertainment industry as well as the best in programming for and about Latinos, sponsored the event. 

A complete list of the winners of the 27th annual Imagen Awards can be found here.

 

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Aaron awarded fellowship

Posted: Dec. 20, 2011 | Tags: Workshop news

Our Kat Aaron, project editor of What Went Wrong, has been named as an Alicia Patterson Fellow for 2012. The prestigious Patterson fellowship will allow Aaron to continue her reporting into the functioning of the nation's civil courts system. She wrote two stories on the civil courts earlier this year, exploring the history of controversy around the Legal Services Corporation and the impact of budget cuts on civil justice. The program, named for Alicia Patterson, the longtime editor and publisher of Newsday, was was established in 1965 to support working journalists pursuing in-depth reporting. It is America’s oldest ...

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The Workshop needs your help

Posted: Dec. 15, 2011 | Tags: Workshop news

For nearly three years, the Investigative Reporting Workshop has been bringing you outstanding coverage of key issues. We’ve reported on the banking crisis, stimulus funding for green energy projects, lobbying by the nuclear power industry, among other stories. Our partnership with FRONTLINE has produced acclaimed documentaries on airline safety and immigration detention. Our ongoing What Went Wrong project is putting a spotlight on the systemic  issues facing the American economy, providing a context for the current debates in Washington and the motivation of the people participating in the nationwide Occupy movement. Executive Editor Charles Lewis has written extensively about ...

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A shortlist of fall media

The autumn news cycle boiled over like some Northwestern river amid a peak salmon run. Here are 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.

FRONTLINE, IRW launch new fellowship

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

Barriers still keep disabled voters from polls

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


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