Funding

As a nonprofit newsroom and training ground for future journalists, the Workshop is funded primarily by grants from private foundations, donations from individuals, and contracted services for documentary production. Royalties for media content (for example, FRONTLINE co-productions) and payments from companies for services rendered (such as fact-checking services, data collection or analysis) comprise a smaller …

Outreach

Educational outreach We have been training a new generation of investigative journalists. Many of our published investigative news stories have been researched, reported and/or written by current students or recent graduates of the American University master’s program in journalism and public affairs. Lewis, Perri, LaFleur and Sullivan teach journalism courses within the American University School …

Our partners

How we develop print and online partners Our longest partnerships in publishing to-date are PBS FRONTLINE and The Washington Post. We also have co-published and distributed our stories WAMU-FM, Reveal News, the New Yorker, “ABC World News Tonight,” Politico, the Philadelphia Inquirer, McClatchy, Mother Jones magazine, New America Media and the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR). …

In a crowded field of Polk Award honorees, spotlight falls on podcasts

Amid all the recent hand-wringing about the decline of the news business, audio journalism is going through something of a renaissance, with podcasts proliferating while radio listenership holds steady. In a nod to this changing media landscape, this week the 70th annual George Polk Awards announced the inaugural winner in the podcast category. The honor …

Berhardt swearing in

Habitat for sale: An oil and gas group calls the tune at the Interior Department

During a trip to Colorado last summer, then-Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke stopped by the office of a small Denver-based oil and gas advocacy group called the Western Energy Alliance. It was the waning months of his embattled leadership at Interior before he would be ousted in December, but the group had been a …

Interior’s many ‘acting’ positions ‘questionable at best’

David Bernhardt had been acting secretary of the Interior for just over a month before President Donald Trump nominated him to take the position permanently. That made Bernhardt unusual in a department that has struggled for nearly two years to fill key leadership positions.

Willard West

Willard West is a third-year journalism and graphic design student in the American University School of Communication. West is currently the Workshop’s graphic design intern, having previously worked as a communications and policy intern at the Eldercare Workforce Alliance. In addition to his work for IRW, West is the assistant web editor and a news staff …

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 …