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Apply for summer 2014

Dec. 16, 2013

Summer internship applications — a cover letter and resume — are being accepted by email from Jan. 2-Feb. 1.  

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Partnerships, continued

Oct. 11, 2013

John Sullivan, a senior editor at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, and a reporter on The Washington Post's investigative team, will talk about the unique partnership between the university and the news organization at a special forum at Columbia University. The event, titled "Classrooms as Newsrooms: Teaching Journalism in the Real World," will be held Oct. 26. The Workshop is a professional, nonprofit newsroom based at the School of Communication at American University, and is one of 18 such university-affiliated newsrooms in the country.

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Special report: How do you measure journalistic impact?

July 26, 2013

The Workshop explored how to measure impact in a new report, "The art, science and mystery of nonprofit news assessment." Now the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University weighs in, crediting authors Charles Lewis and Hilary Niles with "advancing a conversation that will hopefully allow newsrooms and foundations to communicate openly and honestly about their expectations and goals. After all, at the core, they share an interest in honoring the reader by providing journalism as a public service."

“Most of the conversation to date has been led by the grantors, but they’re not the ones doing the work,” Lewis told Caroline O'Donovan at Nieman. “They’re funding it, they’re collaborating on it, but the ones who are producing it are pretty deep in the trench. It would be useful for there to be a more common understanding of what are some of the guidepost elements.”

Lewis and former Workshop intern Niles produced the report to differentiate between reach and impact and highlight some of the methods that seem to be working for nonprofits. They cited the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism's methodology, which also was recently featured at the annual conference of Investigative Reporters and Editors. 

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Koch Club stories gain wider audience

July 22, 2013

The Koch Club, our two-year examination of the Koch brothers' funding of nonprofit and educational institutions, led to a number of high-profile blog posts and follow-up stories, first with Jane Mayer’s New Yorker article, and a few days later, to a comprehensive overview by the Columbia Journalism Review.

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MacArthur awards grant for 'Betrayal' film

April 2, 2013

Cabin Creek Films and the Investigative Reporting Workshop are co-developing a film based on "The Betrayal of the American Dream," a 2012 book and an ongoing Workshop series of stories about the economic decline, particularly the intersection of federal regulations and Wall Street policies in impacting the decline of the middle class. Two-time Academy Award-winner Barbara Koppel will direct the film.

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2013 Interns chosen

April 2, 2013

We've chosen our summer interns for 2013. 

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Apply for summer program

Dec. 20, 2012

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

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'Truth' to be published in late 2013

Dec. 10, 2012

Charles Lewis, executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop, is finishing his sixth book, “The Future of Truth,” which will be published in late 2013 or early 2014 by Public Affairs. 

He began working on the 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. The idea was to look to the past to inform and to inspire the future. 

As a precursor to the book, the Workshop launched Investigating Power, at, earlier this year. It features videos on the journalists, their stories, the stories-behind-their-stories and the transcendent times they lived through. Lewis' story on Investigating Power is on the Workshop's site, which will be updated with news from the book next year.




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Workshop co-producing series on climate change

Dec. 3, 2012

We've begun reporting on climate change as part of a series titled, “Years of Living Dangerously,” set to air on the cable channel Showtime in the fall of 2013. The Investigative Reporting Workshop is one of several producers on the project.

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Workshop-FRONTLINE-documentary wins national Imagen award

Aug. 13, 2012

"Lost in Detention," a co-production of the Investigative Reporting Workshop and PBS FRONTLINE, won an Imagen award for Best National Informational Program.


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'Measuring impact' wins SPJ award

Measuring Impact: The art, science and mystery of nonprofit news assessment,” has won a 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists in the "Research about Journalism"  category. 

'Years' project airs in April

 “Years of Living Dangerously,” a nine-part documentary on climate change created by executive producers James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub, has begun its run on Showtime. Senior Producer Margaret Ebrahim and Associate Producer Jolie Lee worked for more than a year to research, report and produce two stories for the series. 

Sunshine Week events in Washington

Here's the rundown on several panels, workshops and other events about using and understanding the latest developments in freedom of information resources taking place in Washington this week. 

How to find stories on fraud

A free workshop hosted by the Reynolds Center for Business Reporting offered plenty of tips for how reporters can better develop enterprise stories about corporate fraud.

Learning how to make the most of our data at NICAR

At this year's annual NICAR conference, journalists from the Workshop are learning and refining new ways to augment our investigations with computer-assisted reporting. 

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.