Welcoming international journalists

The Investigative Reporting Workshop welcomed journalists from around the globe at last week’s Investigative Reporters & Editors annual conference, co-sponsoring a luncheon for international journalists.  The Friday lunch, co-sponsored by IRW and the Global Investigative Journalism Network, brought together journalists from nearly 30 countries, said Stephanie Klimstra, IRE’s director of events. More than 60 people …

ICE will investigate deaths, but advocates question impact of new policy

Martin Vargas Arellano contracted COVID-19 while in the Adelanto Immigration and Customs Enforcement processing center. Vargas Arellano had been in immigration detention since 2019. Though a judge had ordered Vargas Arellano’s release at the beginning of the pandemic, citing his pre-existing health conditions, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement refused to release him after his housing …

TAP data helped reveal WhatsApp story

Records from IRW’s Accountability Project led reporters from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency down an investigative rabbit-hole, enabling them to elucidate the finances of Jan Koum. Koum, the famously reclusive WhatsApp founder, has “quietly become one of the largest donors to Jewish causes in the world,” JTA reporter Asaf Shalev found in a data-driven investigation. Koum, a Ukrainian-born Jew who …

Career satisfaction high among journalists, but industry-wide concerns remain

Most of the 12,000 surveyed U.S.-based journalists are happy with their jobs. But worries about misinformation, partisanship and online harassment remain, according to a recent survey. Most journalists are happy with their jobs. But the majority of U.S.-based journalists also recognize the wide-ranging challenges facing the press, from the proliferation of misinformation to the lack …

Nazmul Ahasan

Nazmul Ahasan (he/him) is a journalist and researcher. He is currently a student at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Follow him on Twitter: @the_nazmul.

Clara Ence Morse

Clara Ence Morse is a senior at Columbia University studying philosophy and minoring in statistics. She serves as the editor-in-chief of the Columbia Daily Spectator, Columbia’s student newspaper. Ence spent most of 2020 and 2021 covering education and housing for the Austin Chronicle, her hometown alt-weekly, where she reported on the pandemic’s impact on public …

Sammy Sussman

Sammy Sussman is a reporter from Bedford Hills, New York. He is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan and will attend Columbia University in the fall as part of the Stabile Investigative Reporting program. Sussman is the former investigative editor of The Michigan Daily. In 2018, his reporting for the newspaper about 40 …

Eva Herscowitz

Eva Herscowitz is a senior at Northwestern University, where she studies journalism and American Studies. She has reported for the Medill Investigative Lab, the Crime Report, the Hill Rag and the Daily Northwestern.

Audrey Hill

Audrey Hill is a third-year student at American University with a double major in journalism and CLEG (Communications, Legal Studies, Economics, Government). Hill, originally from New York City, is the managing editor of the campus investigative magazine, AWOL. She is passionate about using investigative journalism to shine a light on stories that impact marginalized groups …