Workshop News

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Nov. 20, 2015

The Investigative Reporting Workshop has had an amazing year! Just look at our hard-hitting reports on 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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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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Recent News

Racial politics flavor debate over banning menthol cigarettes

Lorillard Tobacco donated nearly four times as much to Republican candidates as to Democrats in the 2014 congressional elections. No surprise there — most businesses count on Republicans to hold the line on regulations and taxes.

But Lorillard made a striking exception for one set of Democrats: African Americans. It gave campaign cash to half of all black members of Congress, as opposed to just one in 38 non-black Democrats, according to an analysis by FairWarning of records from the Center for Responsive Politics. To put it another way, black lawmakers, all but one of whom are Democrats, were 19 times as likely as their Democratic peers to get a donation.

Incubating new economic models for journalism.

Latest from iLab

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. 

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?


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Nat Geo tracks wildlife exploitation

A new investigative team at National Geographic tracks wildlife exploitation worldwide.

How the media can support whistleblowers

Can whistleblowers safely express concerns about their agency within internal channels? Do a whistleblower’s motives matter? Edward Snowden, New York Times reporter James Risen and whistleblowers Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack talked about their experiences at a Newseum event Tuesday.

Researchers collect data to reform policing

How powerful are crowdsourcing, surveys and data collection? One mom calling for police reform in her South Bronx neighborhood told the White House how "public science" is changing lives.

Combating seafood fraud

One of the things we do at the Investigative Reporting Workshop is explore how different academic disciplines can enrich and inform investigative journalism. A talk this week on seafood fraud sponsored by AU’s interdisciplinary ECOllaborative provides a case in point. Kimberly A. Warner, senior scientist for the ocean conservation group Oceana, described her organization’s efforts to combat widespread global seafood fraud.

'120 Days' shows heartbreaking reality of immigration

Director Ted Roach's "120 Days" introduces viewers to the plight of the Cortes family in North Carolina, where immigration laws and procedures challenged a family's standing in the community. The award-winning documentary will be screened on Thursday at American University's Washington College of Law as part of the Human Rights Film Series.


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.