Workshop News

'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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Lewis takes '935 Lies' on tour

Aug. 15, 2014

Executive Editor Charles Lewis will speak at universities and special events this fall about his new book, "935 Lies."

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'Years' receives environmental award

Aug. 13, 2014

The "Years of Living Dangerously" documentary series on climate change has been awarded "The EMA Outstanding Achievement for Environmental Content Award" for 2014.

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FRONTLINE doc wins health award

June 2, 2014

"Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria," a PBS FRONTLINE documentary that aired last October and was co-produced by the Workshop, has won the Seventh Annual NIHCM — National Institute for Health Care Management — Foundation Health Care Television and Radio Journalism Award, which includes a $10,000 prize.  

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Awards & updates

May 16, 2014

Executive Editor Chuck Lewis has recently won two awards, and students have moved from their roles as graduate researchers to full-time jobs at the New Republic and the National Journal.

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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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'Years' series will air again in September

SAVE THE DATE: Showtime Networks will re-run the "Years of Living Dangerously" in September. All nine episodes of the documentary series, which recently won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction 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

'Years' series wins Emmy Award

The "Years of Living Dangerously" documentary series on climate change won Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards this past weekend. Margaret Ebrahim, senior producer at the Workshop, was a producer on the series, which aired on Showtime earlier this year. She spent 15 months traveling the country to report stories on the impact of climate change.

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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.