Workshop News

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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Hurricane Sandy recovery the focus of newest FRONTLINE

May 17, 2016

PBS FRONTLINE's newest program, "Business of Disaster," looks at the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts. The joint FRONTLINE-NPR program, a co-production with the Investigative Reporting Workshop, will be broadcast nationwide and online and includes multiple radio pieces and a virtual reality short. 

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NHK reporter rejoins Workshop

May 9, 2016

Yoi Tateiwa returns to the Investigative Reporting Workshop in 2016-2017 as a scholar-in-residence.

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Students team with FRONTLINE pros

May 9, 2016

A new PBS/NPR investigation, "Business of Disaster," examines why thousands of residents of New Jersey and New York are still struggling three years after Hurricane Sandy devastated their communities.

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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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Asian journalists wrestle with new rules

Indonesia, the Philippines and South Korea news organizations face new challenges online as their governments now include internet activity in their regulatory structures. What used to be a niche for independent media has instead become a new battleground for freedom of expression. 

Seven signs Cuban media is moving toward openness

While it’s too soon to tell if a true sea change is in the works, here are seven relatively recent shifts in the Cuban mediasphere. Many of them would have seemed inconceivable just a few years ago and bear watching in the future.

Blogs

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New Trump biography reveals a complex picture

Washington Post staffers talk about "Trump Revealed," the new book by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher that draws on a team of reporters and fact-checkers who looked into the presidential candidate's life and his worldwide travels, his hotel-rebuilding successes and his investment failures in Atlantic City casinos. The Post also makes hundreds of documents available for readers to see for themselves how they reported the story.

What we're reading: In-depth stories covering a wide range of topics

In this investigation the Food & Environment Reporting Network looks into how oil palm plantations have not only threatened rainforests in Indonesia and Malaysia but also opened doors to poachers. The story is one of several a young reporter has been following in his immersive year into investigative reporting.

Charge of assaulting an officer narrows in DC

Last fall, formal legislation was introduced by the D.C. Council to narrow the definition of what constituted an assault on a police officer. The council committee that crafted the language in the bill cited "Assault on Justice," an investigation by WAMU-FM, the Investigative Reporting Workshop and Reveal of the Center for Investigative Reporting, for prompting the reform.

In March 2016, the bill finally became law. A look at how the change unfolded.

CIA whistleblower files health complaint in prison

The biggest surprise of the Barack Obama presidency to me and to many others has been what I have called “the unexpected national security obsessiveness” of his administration. Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice has repeatedly used the draconian 1917 Espionage Act to prosecute journalists’ sources, effectively criminalizing investigative journalism. Or as James Goodale, The New York Times’ lead lawyer during the seminal Pentagon Papers case put it in his recent memoir, “Obama has used the Espionage Act to indict more leakers than any president in the history of this country.” No president’s administration in the past century — indeed, all of them combined — has prosecuted more whistleblowing sources using the Espionage Act than the Obama administration.

 

Embracing life as a freelancer

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

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.