Workshop News

Apply for summer '16 internships

Jan. 4, 2016

The Investigative Reporting Workshop is looking for smart, engaged students from around the country for internships in the summer of 2016. Send a cover letter and resume to Managing Editor Lynne Perri at internships16@gmail.com.

Read full post

Please dig deep and support our work

Nov. 20, 2015

The Investigative Reporting Workshop has had an amazing year! Just look at our hard-hitting reports on investigativereportingworkshop.org and you’ll see why. We accomplished so much because of your generosity.

The new year promises to be equally extraordinary. But we can’t do it without you. Investigative journalism is expensive and takes time — but it’s vital for a strong democracy and an empowered citizenry. 

That’s why we hope you’ll continue to support our work with a donation this holiday season. All of the funding support for our investigations comes from foundation partners and individual supporters like you.  

Read full post

Lewis, Donald attend Dutch conference

Nov. 16, 2015

Executive Editor Chuck Lewis and Data Editor David Donald will travel to the Hague in the Netherlands to speak to reporters and editors attending the annual Dutch-Flemish Association for Investigative Journalism (VVOJ) conference Nov. 19-21. 

Read full post

Lewis at Reuters Institute

Oct. 22, 2015

On Friday, Workshop Executive Editor Chuck Lewis will speak on the topic of “Investigative Journalism and U.S. Politics” at Oxford University's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Lewis is on sabbatical from teaching at American University and is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute. 

Read full post

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.

Read full post

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.

Read full post

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.

Read full post

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.

Read full post

'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

Read full post

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.


Read full post

Incubating new economic models for journalism.

Latest from iLab

The Buying of the President

Every four years, the American people endure by far the longest and most expensive election of any nation in the world — until the next one. Who profits the most?

Can students save journalism?

Can nonprofit organizations and universities save journalism? Are they able to publish quality news and maintain high standards while preparing the next generation? The Workshop's former scholar-in-residence from Norway spent a year studying the issue. See her initial findings about what's working as she heads to the Global Investigative Journalism Conference this week in Lillehammer. 

Blogs

Most Recent Posts

Reporters reflect on journalism’s highest honor

What does it mean to win a Pulitzer? The Workshop recently spoke with winning journalists to learn about how Pulitzer values have inspired their work and their advice for aspiring young reporters.

Internship app deadline Feb. 1

The Investigative Reporting Workshop is looking for smart, engaged students from around the country for internship positions in the summer of 2016.

Positions include researchers, videographers, graphic designers and web producers. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply. Preferred majors include journalism, communication, film, public policy, public health, history or economics.

BankTracker updates

We’ve just updated the BankTracker database to include the third quarter, Sept. 30 releases from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the National Credit Union Administration. 

And while the country and presidential candidates now seem focused on foreign policy and national security, it won’t be surprising if banking policies and practices get renewed attention in the upcoming primaries. 

New training shows officers how to 'calm things down'

In today’s Washington Post, reporter Kimberly Kindy examines a new kind of training for police recruits near Seattle, in which officials say they are determined to produce “guardians of democracy” who serve and protect — instead of “warriors” who conquer and control. Student Ashley Balcerzak helped research the story.

Crowdfunding shines a light on Israeli politicians

In recent years, crowdfunding has turned into a common tool for journalists and social activists to reach their goals without going through traditional gatekeepers for funding. With the help of 1,473 donors, the Israeli project “100 Days of Transparency” has been conducting an uphill battle to hold politicians accountable and promote transparency in Israel.    

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.