We connect data — so you don’t have to.

Data is everywhere but often inaccessible.  The Accountability Project is a collaborative effort to collect what is normally siloed public data in a single, searchable database. Our team gathers public data from federal, state and municipal agencies and standardizes it for our central public database. The TAP data team has encountered almost every variation in …

Post partnership tracking police shootings continues

The Washington Post’s data team has built and maintained “Fatal Force,” a publicly available database of police shootings across the country, with some help from the Investigative Reporting Workshop for the last seven years. The project, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for national reporting and honored earlier this year with a Peabody Award, has …

Pew: Young journalists, journalists of color most likely to join unions

In an industry in which coverage of labor concerns often overlaps with personal worries about wages and benefits, journalists are increasingly turning to unions at news outlets nationwide.  About one-in-six U.S. journalists at news outlets are part of a union, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. The survey suggests, too, that unions are …

‘We need a Bezos in Hartford.’

Michael Kirk has watched the Hartford Courant wither for years.  When Kirk worked in Washington, D.C., more than 20 years ago, he remembered several Courant reporters covering Connecticut’s lawmakers from the nation’s capital. Less than a decade later, management at Tribune, Courant’s parent company, closed that bureau.  Today, Alden Global Capital owns Tribune, putting the …

Listening to life

Chicago Public Media Associate Editor Margot Susca’s favorite podcast remains This American Life, which in 2020 was the first-ever radio program to win a Pulitzer Prize. The site describes its history and influence this way: “Back in 1999, the American Journalism Review declared that the program was ‘in the vanguard of a journalistic revolution’ and …

Tweeting into the void

Nearly 70% of journalists say Twitter is the platform that tops their list for work-related tasks, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. But most Americans prefer Facebook for their news fix.

Gen Z willing to pay for news … sometimes

Current and former newspaper customers cite a variety of reasons for abandoning, continuing or starting paid subscriptions. But for younger readers, the Black Lives Matter movement’s resurgence was pivotal, and their paying behavior is yet another sign that for Gen Z, digital-first means digital-only.  With my American University colleague Sherri Williams, an expert on race …

Film fest returns to in-person events

The best investigations are no longer conveyed in newsprint alone. Industry innovators are experimenting with newer media — from podcasts to graphics to films — to convey the gravity of their work in creative formats.  The Double Exposure Film Festival, co-sponsored annually by IRW, is just that: a collaboration between journalists and documentarians, culminating in …

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 …