Candidates take their messages to the West

Fourteen Democratic presidential hopefuls are meeting in San Francisco this weekend for the California Democratic Party’s annual convention, underscoring the state’s potential importance in the presidential primary calendar and highlighting key issues already dominating the campaign trail. In 2020, California’s primary is slated for March 3, also known as Super Tuesday. It joins 13 other …

Former White House advisor Steve Bannon

Creating an archive for ‘Trump’s Trade War’

After working for months on the PBS FRONTLINE documentary “Trump’s Trade War,” I could probably recite portions of Donald Trump’s May 1, 2016, campaign speech in Fort Wayne, Indiana, from memory. In the speech, Trump said: “We can’t allow China to continue raping our country, and that’s what they’re doing.” The speech features prominently in …

IRW celebrates 10

The Investigative Reporting Workshop celebrated 10 years of publishing with a reception and short program on April 18, 2019. Former Washington Post Executive Editor Len Downie and author and former Vanity Fair and Time contributor James Steele, both on IRW’s Advisory Board, and Kimbriell Kelly of The Washington Post joined Workshop editors and students to talk about …

‘Trump’s Trade War’ airs Tuesday

President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese imports has captured headlines for the past year, most recently with Chinese negotiators set to arrive in Washington next week for trade talks. But what’s behind the conflict, and how does it affect American and Chinese industry? Those questions are at the heart of “Trump’s …

Students contribute to Washington Post series

Graduate students from the School of Communication’s practicum at The Washington Post contributed to the Post’s “Murder with Impunity” series, which was named a 2019 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting. They are Matt Bernardini, Orion Donovan-Smith, Kristen Griffith, Shelby Hanssen, Kristian Hernandez, Erin Logan, Samuel Northrop and Liz Weber. Orion-Smith, Griffith, Logan …

Mitchell says time may be running out for civil-rights cases

What are the next 10 years of civil-rights remedies going to be like? Jerry Mitchell, an award-winning civil-rights and investigative reporter for the Clarion-Ledger in Mississippi, was asked how much time is really left to bring people to justice for killings during the 1950s and 1960s. “If you’re talking about criminal prosecutions,” he said in …

Summer internships

Summer internship applications are closed for 2019. Please check back for other opportunities. The Investigative Reporting Workshop, a nonprofit news organization based at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C., is looking for smart, engaged college students and recent graduates from around the country for internships in the summer of 2019. Positions include …

Student work moves beyond the classroom

Master’s student Courtney Rozen looked into efforts by U.S. travel agencies and major cities to attract Chinese tourists for her semester-long assignment in an international-investigative class with Charles Lewis, IRW’s executive editor and a full professor at American University. Over the course of three months, she ended up focusing on the District of Columbia, where …

Watching, listening: All part of the journalistic process

A student recently told me how much she learned by watching and listening to a reporter she was working with over several months. She said the reporter was patient and understanding during interviews. The reporter’s manner was a revelation, the student said, because these were characteristics others had warned her were not assets in journalism. …