Manufacturers of off-road vehicles have mounted fierce resistance to proposed federal rules aimed at reducing rollover crashes that have killed hundreds of riders. After failing to persuade the Consumer Product Safety Commission to shelve the rules, the companies have turned to Congress to run interference.
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Viewers nationwide mostly get local traffic, crime, weather and sports news, while local investigative reporting about the powers that be — and straight talk, facts and figures about the serious 21st century issues we all face — generally have become endangered species.
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The national, annual conference of the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization was big this year: Attendance was at an all-time high — 1,800 gathered from around the world — and the multi-day event in Philadelphia featured more than 150 panels, including "pop-up" panels, hands-on classes and special presentations on key beats. We took a look at a few key takeaways and tipsheets.
"Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria," a FRONTLINE program co-produced by the Investigative Reporting Workshop, will be re-broadcast on PBS on July 7.
The program looks at whether the age of antibiotics is coming to an end, following individuals, such as a young girl thrust onto life support in Arizona, and institutions, including an uncontrollable outbreak at one of the nation’s most prestigious hospitals.
"Nightmare Bacteria" is one of three programs related to drug-resistant bacteria that Producer Rick Young and reporter and correspondent David E. Hoffman have worked on together. Graduate student Katie LeDain chronicled how the stories came to be when the third program aired earlier this spring.
A recent New York Times profile of former coal baron Don Blankenship highlights not only his complicated personality but also his legal troubles, which, five years after a mining disaster, will be in the spotlight again when he goes on trial this fall.
The advanced statistics workshop run by IRE each spring, and last year hosted by the Investigative Reporting Workshop here in Washington, has been canceled this year but will be rescheduled for May 2016 at American University.
It will again be taught by Jennifer LaFleur, senior editor for data journalism at The Center for Investigative Reporting, and David Donald, formerly data editor for The Center for Public Integrity and now data editor at the Workshop.
Our editors continue teaching through the summer, both in workshops at AU and at other locations.
We publish online and in print, often teaming up with other news organizations. We're working now on a new program with FRONTLINE producers, to air later in the year, and on the "Years of Living Dangerously," a series on climate change that has begun airing on Showtime. A story last year on the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention centers was co-published with The New York Times. Our updates to our long-running BankTracker project, in which you can view the financial health of every bank and credit union in the country, have been published with msnbc.com, now nbcnews.com, and we co-published stories in our What Went Wrong series on the economy with The Philadelphia Inquirer and New America Media. Our graduate students are working as researchers with Washington Post reporters, and our new senior editor is a member of the Post's investigative team. Learn more on our partners page.
Profiles of notable journalists and their stories of key moments in U.S. history in the last 50 years can be found on the Investigating Power site. See Workshop Executive Editor Charles Lewis' latest video interviews as well as historic footage and timelines. You can also read more about the project and why we documented these groundbreaking examples of original, investigative journalism that helped shape or change public perceptions on key issues of our time, from civil rights to Iraq, here.