‘Growing hostility’ between student media and administrators

Censorship of student media is pervasive across the United States, despite the lack of substantial qualitative data to confirm a recent uptick in cases, media scholars and researchers say. Interviews with student journalists, media advisers and media law researchers found that they’ve been censored or have witnessed student media censorship either as a bystander or …

Charles Lewis

Investigative journalists play a key role in bringing corruption to light

This article was published in the International Monetary Fund’s Finance & Development magazine in September 2019, Vol. 56, No. 3 In 1971, whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg discovered the so-called Pentagon Papers and spent countless nights photocopying over 7,000 pages before delivering them to The New York Times and The Washington Post. Four decades later, when an …

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Outdated metrics and padded scoring: Federal vehicle safety ratings fail to properly inform consumers

This story was produced by FairWarning, a nonprofit news organization based in Southern California that focuses on public health, consumer and environmental issues.  Grade inflation in school makes it difficult to distinguish who is actually achieving in the classroom. The federal government’s vehicle safety rating system suffers the same problem. Today, 98 percent of all …

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Trump administration aims to ease commercial trucking safety rules

This story was produced by FairWarning, a nonprofit news organization based in Southern California that focuses on public health, consumer and environmental issues.  In Washington, D.C., a new Trump administration plan to relax safety rules for truck drivers has rekindled old heartaches for families across the country. On a sunny Labor Day morning in Oklahoma, …

Austin Ramsey

Austin Ramsey is the Investigative Reporting Workshop’s 2019-2020 Graduate Fellow. He is a master’s student at American University and a former city government and politics reporter in rural Western Kentucky, where he worked at the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer. He is also a part of AU’s investigative reporting practicum at The Washington Post, and he serves as …

Administration’s policies target some legal immigrants

Animated by what President Donald Trump has repeatedly called a crisis on our Southern border, the administration has ramped up hard-line immigration policies, some of them targeting legal migrants. Officials in Augusts unveiled a new policy authorizing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to deny green cards to immigrants who have received public benefits or who …