Workshop News

AU student to participate in investigation on water quality

Feb. 2, 2017

Jordan Houston, an American University journalism master's student and intern at the Workshop, is one of 30 top journalism students from across the United States, Canada and Ireland who will investigate water pollution and its impact on health in the U.S. as part of the 2017 Carnegie-Knight News21 reporting program.

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Apply for summer 2017 internships

Jan. 17, 2017

The Investigative Reporting Workshop, a nonprofit news organization based at the American University School of Communication in Washington, is looking for smart, engaged students from around the country for internships in the summer of 2017.

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Charles Lewis travels to Oxford

Nov. 28, 2016

Charles Lewis will travel to Oxford, England, in December to participate in a collaborations roundtable. 

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Funding our work

Nov. 17, 2016

The work we’ve published in 2016 would not have been possible without two significant groups: our interns and our donors.  

Our interns — graduate students from American University and other schools around the country — research and report through our partnerships with The Washington Post, FRONTLINE and other major media. We are proud to count Workshop alums among the staff at the Post, NBC News, Politico, McClatchy, the Huffington Post, the Houston Chronicle, WNYC, Colorado Public Radio and Mother Jones, among many others.

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Charles Lewis to speak at Integrity20 conference

Oct. 19, 2016

Executive Editor Charles Lewis will travel to Brisbane, Australia, this week for an international conference called "Integrity20: Age of Insecurities."

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New students join Workshop in fall 2016

Oct. 19, 2016

We have a new staff again this fall, welcoming students to the Workshop who are in the current AU master's program; two from the University of Missouri; a visitor from Dusseldorf, Germany, studying politics, sociology and the media; and an undergrad intern in design and graphics.

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Hilary Niles on being a freelance journalist

Aug. 11, 2016

After her summer as an intern at the Workshop in 2012 and completing her master's at the Missouri School of Journalism, Hilary Niles creates her own reality as a freelancer.

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SPJ honors Lewis with Distinguished Service Award

June 16, 2016

The Washington, D.C., chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored Charles Lewis with the 2016 Distinguished Public Service Award, presented June 14, 2016, at the National Press Club in Washington.

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Madden wins Schorr prize

May 23, 2016

Patrick Madden of NPR member station WAMU 88.5 is the winner of the annual Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, named for the respected NPR senior news analyst and veteran Washington journalist who died in 2010.  

Madden was cited for “Assault on Justice,” a collaboration with WAMU, the Investigative Reporting Workshop and Reveal News. The radio documentary and written story showed how often the charge of “assaulting a police officer” was used in the District of Columbia, questioning its potential for overuse particularly with minority men. 

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MacArthur awards Workshop $1.5 million

May 17, 2016

The Investigative Reporting Workshop will receive $1.5 million in general operating support over the next five years from the MacArthur Foundation, which today announced its renewed and expanded commitment to journalism and media.

The Workshop is one of 12 news organizations across the country to receive these unrestricted grants. 


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Summer 2017 interns

We're looking for talented student journalists to join our team in the summer of 2017.  Positions include researchers/reporters, data journalists and video editors. Application deadline is Feb. 15.

Russia's disinformation strategy

Louise Lief, our scholar in residence, writes about Russia's manipulation of news and information, not only in the recent U.S. elections but also in other countries as well. 

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.