Residents in Kent County, Maryland, were forced to step up when local reporters could not, and take on an energy company seeking to install wind turbines in their back yards. A citizens watchdog group had to go to battle, without much help from the local government or the media.
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At the recent Professional Development Day of the DC Science Writers Association, the largest regional gathering of science writers in the country, a panel of award-winning journalists and investigators discussed how to identify, pitch and develop science-themed investigations for general audiences.
Journalists, citizens and academics banded together to expose high levels of lead in the water in Flint, Michigan. Their collaboration is the hidden success story in an otherwise disheartening tale of denial and indifference.
A D.C. lawmaker floated a bill Tuesday that would raise the standards police must meet to carry out search warrants and require the city to pay for property damage when officers raid the wrong houses.
The bill was a response to a Washington Post investigation of 2,000 search warrants that found 284 cases in which D.C. police searched homes for drugs and guns without observing criminal activity on the property. The Post identified a dozen cases in recent years in which police searched homes using incorrect or outdated address information. The raids occurred almost exclusively in black communities.
Read more on this follow-up to the Post investigation, "Probable Cause," which students at the Investigative Reporting Workshop helped to research and report.
Ashley Campbell, a graduate researcher and reporter at the Workshop, shares her experiences reporting on religion as part of our partnership with The Washington Post.
The largest computer-assisted reporting conference ever held in the United States, with 1,200 participants, has ended but lives on through dozens of tipsheets and idea sessions. Several of our staffers recall the impact IRE has had.
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.