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The difficulty of producing investigative journalism in Russia, where journalists are often threatened, is compounded by the economic hardships many publications face, according to Russian journalists who spoke at a conference in Washington, D.C.
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The Federal Aviation Administration passed new rules on Nov. 5 that will boost the training of pilots. The move was a direct response to the 2009 crash of Flight 3407 that killed 50 people as pilots were approaching for a landing in Buffalo, N.Y.
The families of the Flight 3407 victims issued a joint statement praising the new rules and saying that they will "take pilot training into the 21st century after nearly 15 years of fits and starts."
The Investigative Reporting Workshop co-produced a documentary called "Flying Cheap" with PBS FRONTLINE that traced economic pressures and safety lapses that led to the crash.
Since 1996 the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has offered a free letter-generating service to provide users with the correct language and structure for FOIA requests. Over the past year the committee looked for ways to expand this tool to better serve reporters. In recognition of the fact that a single investigation can require hundreds of FOIA requests, they sought to make it easier for journalists to track and organize records requests.
“Reporters are always trying to remember where they’ve submitted requests, how much time has passed since they made the request and who they need to follow up with,” said Emily Grannis of the new ifOIA website.
"Years of Living Dangerously," to air on Showtime in April 2014, looks at the impact of climate change around the world. The Workshop's Senior Producer, Margaret Ebrahim, has been reporting two of the stories in the eight-part series: one explores the natural-gas boom and the other is about the rise in renewable energy development. See the trailer here.
Workshop founder Charles Lewis was honored Tuesday with the prestigious Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.
Faculty members of the Missouri School of Journalism recognized Lewis for his "pursuit of investigative journalism that relentlessly seeks out the truth for citizens.”
Lewis traveled to Missouri to accept the award and gave a lecture on investigating power in the new journalism ecosystem. He was one of five journalists honored Tuesday.
The award committee cited Lewis’ work in creating The Center for Public Integrity, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and several other nonprofit investigative news organizations.
The other four journalists who received the medal this year are Carol Guzy, staff photographer at The Washington Post; Michael Golden, vice chairman of The New York Times; Greg Lee, sports editor at the South Florida Sun Sentinel; and Aye Aye Win, Myanmar correspondent for The Associated Press.
The Missouri journalism school has presented the Medal of Honor since 1930. Past recipients include Tom Brokaw, Christiane Amanpour and Gloria Steinem.
Today we're running another in a series of stories produced by Myron Levin at the nonprofit Fair Warning website. He tells the story of Kent cigarettes, which Lorillard re-engineered in response to the health scare of the early 1950s, when the link between smoking and lung cancer began drawing wide attention. The "new" Kents 60 years ago had a patented "Micronite" filter that contained a virulent form of asbestos, and the company continues to face litigation related to those filters. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to restrict the use of menthol in cigarettes: Lorillard makes the popular Newport menthol brand.
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 fall, and on the "Years of Living Dangerously," a series on climate change to air next spring on Showtime. 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.