Workshop News

PBS to re-broadcast 'Nightmare Bacteria'

July 2, 2015

"Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria," a FRONTLINE program co-produced by the Investigative Reporting Workshop, will be re-broadcast on PBS on July 7. Check local listings.

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Update on advanced statistics workshop

June 29, 2015

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 the Workshop offices 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.

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Lewis speaks about future of nonprofit news in Germany

June 15, 2015

The nonprofit journalism ecosystem has been increasing overseas with new reporting centers created in recent years in Germany and elsewhere. Executive Editor Charles Lewis will speak in Magdeburg on Tuesday, June 16, about the future of nonprofit journalism, and in Berlin on Wednesday, June 17. He has been talking about nonprofit investigative journalism and related issues for more than two decades. In 2013 and 2014 alone, he spoke 56 times throughout the U.S. and in five countries (Byron Bay, Sydney and Melbourne, Australia; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Bogota, Colombia; Oxford and London, England; and Hamberg, Germany) on three continents.

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New partner for radio docs

May 9, 2015

The Investigative Reporting Workshop, WAMU 88.5 News and Reveal collaborated on "Assault on Justice," a five-month project investigating the use and possible overuse of the charge of "assaulting a police officer" in the District of Columbia.

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'The Trouble with Chicken,' airing May 12

April 17, 2015

When Chicken Sickens: FRONTLINE Goes Inside A Major Salmonella Outbreak and a Broken Food Safety System

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How to apply for 2015 summer internship

Dec. 29, 2014

The Investigative Reporting Workshop, a privately funded, nonprofit news organization at the American University School of Communication in Washington, is looking for smart, engaged students from around the country for summer 2015 internships.

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Highlights of 2014

Nov. 18, 2014

Highlights of our work throughout 2014, with links to major stories.

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FRONTLINE doc sparks conversation about use of antibiotics

Nov. 18, 2014

PBS FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Workshop’s latest co-production, "The Trouble with Antibiotics," received extensive press coverage. And the film’s correspondent, reporter David E. Hoffman, wrote about the FDA's role and what its own scientists discovered 40 years ago in The Washington Post.

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'Years' series will air again in September

Aug. 28, 2014

SAVE THE DATE: Showtime Networks will re-run the "Years of Living Dangerously" in September. All nine episodes of the Emmy Award-winning documentary series will be shown on the following days:

• Friday, Sept. 5, at  7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET/PT

• Saturday, Sept. 6 at  7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET/PT

• Sunday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET/PT


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New data editor joins Workshop

Aug. 17, 2014

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Incubating new economic models for journalism.

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Lewis begins fellowship in October

Executive Editor Charles Lewis will be a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism from October through early December, researching the possibility of a new multidisciplinary academic field he calls "Accountability Studies,"and more broadly, the "efficacy and potential of increased journalistic and academic data, research and reporting collaboration, in the context of credible, accountability information." 


BankTracker updates

We’ve just updated the BankTracker database to include the second quarter, June 30 releases from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the National Credit Union Administration. Many of the presidential candidates in the 2016 campaign are basing their tax proposals and other program goals on a rosy picture of future economic growth. Yet it was only seven years ago that Lehmann Brothers collapsed, threatening the U.S. banking system and economic collapse. If the candidates mention the banks and credit unions at all, they mostly express disdain for the TARP bailouts and other government favors going to the banks during the Great Recession.


Film festival highlights in-depth work

The Investigative Film Festival at the National Portrait Gallery and the Newseum, from Sept. 30-Oct. 2, will feature seven screenings and a two-symposium. The Workshop's executive editor, Chuck Lewis, will moderate the final panel discussion about the documentary film, "1971," based on the book "The Burglary," with journalist Betty Medsger. The panel also will include Edward Snowden via Skype.

Lily pads help military expand

The Investigative Reporting Workshop showcases anthropologist and author David Vine’s book today in a new project, “The Lily Pad Strategy.” 

Vine, a professor at American University, has spent years documenting the growth and influence of the U.S. military worldwide. His latest book, "Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World" (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt 2015), shows the military’s increasing footprint across Asia and Africa. The Workshop’s Kelly Martin created more than a dozen historical maps for the new book and a new set of interactive maps for the Workshop’s website.

What Pluto tells us about journalism

When NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sent back its first crisp images of Pluto last week, the culmination of a 3-billion mile, 9 1/2-year journey filled with cliffhangers and near disasters, you didn't need to be a scientist to feel the exhilaration of discovering what was, until then, a dark and blurry corner of the solar system.

Given my interests within research and media, I also thought about the lessons for journalism. 


Workshop Partners

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, now, 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.


Investigating Power update

Investigating Power update

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.