Charles Lewis

CPI honors Lewis with fellowship naming 

IRW’s founding Executive Editor Charles Lewis was honored earlier this month for his 45-year career in journalism, which includes the founding of several award-winning nonprofit newsrooms in addition to accolades won when he was a TV producer.  Journalists from Mother Jones, Bloomberg Industry Group, USA Today and FRONTLINE along with colleagues and supporters were among …

DX festival showcases new docs

Double Exposure, the United States’ first film festival dedicated to investigative reporting on film, is now in its eighth year. The three-day program takes place next week and will showcase some of the most compelling new documentaries including:  “The Grab” – directed by Gabriela Coperthwaite This film follows award-winning journalist Nathan Halverson and his team …

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 …