Workshop News

Student on Pulitzer team

April 26, 2016

Derek Hawkins, a Workshop intern and graduate journalism student, was on the Pulitzer Prize-winning team of reporters, editors, researchers, photographers and graphic artists at The Washington Post. Learn more about Hawkins' involvement.

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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.

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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.  

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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'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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Recent News

As local coverage wanes, residents become self-taught watchdogs

Residents in Kent County, Maryland, were forced to step up when local reporters could not, and take on an energy company seeking to install wind turbines in their back yards. A citizens watchdog group had to go to battle, without much help from the local government or the media.

Incubating new economic models for journalism.

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Collaboration: the key

Collaboration was key for the teams of international journalists who produced The Panama Papers, a report that showcases how reporters can hold people and institutions accountable across borders. 

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?

Blogs

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How to turn science into great journalism

At the recent Professional Development Day of the DC Science Writers Association, the largest regional gathering of science writers in the country, a panel of award-winning  journalists and investigators discussed how to identify, pitch and develop science-themed investigations for general audiences. 

Flint offers new model for accountability

Journalists, citizens and academics banded together to expose high levels of lead in the water in Flint, Michigan. Their collaboration is the hidden success story in an otherwise disheartening tale of denial and indifference.

City Council member proposes law in response to investigation

A D.C. lawmaker floated a bill Tuesday that would raise the standards police must meet to carry out search warrants and require the city to pay for property damage when officers raid the wrong houses.

The bill was a response to a Washington Post investigation of 2,000 search warrants that found 284 cases in which D.C. police searched homes for drugs and guns without observing criminal activity on the property. The Post identified a dozen cases in recent years in which police searched homes using incorrect or outdated address information. The raids occurred almost exclusively in black communities.

Read more on this follow-up to the Post investigation, "Probable Cause," which students at the Investigative Reporting Workshop helped to research and report.

Workshop researcher reports on religion for the Post

Ashley Campbell, a graduate researcher and reporter at the Workshop, shares her experiences reporting on religion as part of our partnership with The Washington Post.

Why you should attend NICAR next year

The largest computer-assisted reporting conference ever held in the United States, with 1,200 participants, has ended but lives on through dozens of tipsheets and idea sessions. Several of our staffers recall the impact IRE has had.

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.