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Real people are behind the data covering ‘undercovered’ communities

Nausheen Husain, Jan Diehm and Mark Walker are three journalists who cover undercovered communities. Their advice to other reporters who want to do the same: Know when to walk away. The three spoke March 6 at the NICAR conference in New Orleans about best practices for covering underrepresented people and groups as well as where …

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Mistakes can engender self-doubt among journalists

When journalists make mistakes, the consequences can be far-reaching, affecting consumers, governments and even the economy. But responsible journalists also carry the burden of the errors, and some begin to question themselves. The “imposter syndrome” lures some journalists into a rabbit hole of self-doubt. It leaves talented reporters restraining themselves under the pressure of the …

Review: Why The New York Times is throwing out the book on election coverage with ‘The Field’

More than ever, Americans are turning to the web for their news (and they’re less likely than ever to pay for it, too). A major driver in that shift has increasingly become the manifold world of podcasting, where, not unlike online, newsrooms can reach larger, younger audiences with robust, in-depth reporting available at their fingertips. …

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Concerns raised over FDA’s capacity to inspect overseas drug makers

With the U.S. increasingly dependent on foreign manufacturers for prescription and generic drugs, the Food and Drug Administration’s problem-plagued efforts to inspect overseas plants is under growing scrutiny. The number of inspections performed by the agency has been falling since 2016.

What’s the future of investigative broadcasts?

Decision-makers behind the creation of network news, investigative podcasts, documentary films and non-fiction cable and streaming programs are coming to American University on Feb. 22 to talk about the future of investigative journalism. Presenters include Cindy Galli, ABC’s chief of investigative projects; Matt Goldberg, vice president of content strategy at NBCUniversal; Katie Hinman, executive producer at CNN …

Apply for summer 2020 internships

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 at our office in the summer of 2020. Positions include researchers, data journalists, videographers, graphic designers and web producers. Undergraduate …

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The Refinery Disaster

Our latest news on PES is here. PHILADELPHIA — Last May, an air monitor on the border of the East Coast’s largest oil refinery recorded a level of cancer-causing gas more than 21 times the federal limit. In June, an explosive early-morning fire rocked the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery, terrifying nearby residents. Weeks after the …