Workshop News

'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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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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Recent News

Obama’s weak approach to pardons

When it comes to the pardon power, President Obama is still more talk than action. According to the most recent Justice Department data, he has granted only one pardon for every 29 petitions that have come before him, fewer than any of the past seven presidents. Last week, he signed 22 commutations, but his record on those is even more dismal because he has such a staggering backlog, the biggest of any president in U.S. history. It is a backlog that he and his administration invited.

Incubating new economic models for journalism.

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Fighting in-house censorship

One of the occupational hazards for investigative reporters everywhere is internal censorship. So what can you do, as an individual journalist, if it appears that the great, exciting, investigative story you’ve been quietly exploring and finally have pitched is getting yawns or worse, pushback from your editor?

The future of TV news

Viewers nationwide mostly get local traffic, crime, weather and sports news, while local investigative reporting about the powers that be — and straight talk, facts and figures about the serious 21st century issues we all face  — generally have become endangered species.

Blogs

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What we're reading

Philip Meyer wrote " “Public Journalism and the Problem of Objectivity ” 20 years ago but it still offers lessons for the new digital age. 

Food safety: 'The Trouble with Chicken' airs in May

FRONTLINE investigates the spread of dangerous pathogens in our poultry — and why the U.S. food-safety system isn't stopping the threat. Preview our co-production, which airs May 12.

Small steps, real impact

We looked three investigations in which we contributed research and reporting to Washington Post teams and found three different outcomes. And very real impact.


Students help Post analyze decline of black wealth

Thanks to Workshop and AU students Danielle DeCourcey, Justin Warren, Pietro Lombardi, Mariam Baksh, Mel Jones, Miranda Strong and Moriah Balingit, and Northwestern student and Workshop intern Cathaleen Chen, for their work in today's Washington Post on the plight of the black middle-class in Prince George's County, Md. Today's piece is the second in a three-part series.

Donald receives 2014 Philip Meyer Award

The Workshop's data editor, David Donald, and a team at the Center for Public Integrity today received the first-place 2014 Philip Meyer Journalism Award from the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting.

Partners

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 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.

Projects

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.