'935 Lies' to be released in June

April 1, 2014



New book explores "moments of truth."

Charles Lewis, founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop, has written “935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity.” The book will be published June 24, 2014, by PublicAffairs (a member of the Perseus Books group, based in New York). Between 1996 and 2004, Lewis co-authored five books with his Center for Public Integrity reporters/writers, and the last book, "The Buying of the President 2004," was a nationwide bestseller. Three of his co-authored Center books were finalists for the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) book award.

Lewis began working on this first solo book in 2005 with a focus on the origins and trajectory of public relations and propaganda; the deadliest deceptions by government and companies; and the truth-telling capacity of journalists and their news organizations over the past century. 

His research led him to explore national “moments of truth” in contemporary U.S. history —moments in which news organizations, through their deep, independent reporting, exposed egregious abuses of power and shaped history. With narratives and compelling examples, the book discusses the negative impact of media consolidation, the aggressive PR strategies of businesses and the persistent avoidance of transparency (and worse) by officials, right up to the White House.

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Coverage of arming teachers

Over that last eight years, interest in arming teachers with guns is the result of school shootings. News coverage and Google searches reflect these trends. 

'Sunshine Week' comes to DC

The Society of Professional Journalists is hosting "Sunshine Week" from March 11-17 in the District. The initiative promotes open government and the importance of journalists' access to information. You'll find highlights of the schedule here.

Polk Awards announced

Three news outlets won George Polk Awards for Journalism for the first time: BuzzFeed, VICE News and The Intercept were among 17 winners announced last week at the National Press Club in advance of an awards luncheon in April in New York. You can read about the awards and how The New York Times and Washington Post reporters given a special award got their story.