Workshop News

Program on housing crisis airs May 9

May 3, 2017

More working Americans are struggling to make rent than at any time since the Great Depression. In "Poverty, Politics and Profit: The Housing Crisis," a new program airing Tuesday, May 9, nationwide on PBS stations, FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the crisis in affordable housing and why so few are getting the help they need.

 

 

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'New Newsrooms' wins research award

May 3, 2017

The Investigative Reporting Workshop has won the Society for Professional Journalists’ Research about Journalism Award for “The New Newsrooms,” an examination of nonprofit centers for investigative journalism worldwide. The reporters who founded these centers followed the example of their colleagues in the U.S., where this model has thrived for the past two decades.

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First Look Media, Democracy Fund award journalism grants

March 27, 2017

The Investigative Reporting Workshop will receive $500,000 over the next two years from the Democracy Fund and First Look Media, which announced today more than $12 million in new grants to journalism groups.

Three other nonprofit news organizations — the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Center for Public Integrity and ProPublica — will receive $3 million each to help ensure journalists have the resources they need.

The Workshop's grant will help expand collaborations between university students and professional journalists.

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The back story of BankTracker

March 22, 2017

This month we’re celebrating the eighth anniversary of BankTracker, our long-running series of stories and updates on the financial health of the nation’s banks and credit unions. 

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Sharing data and ideas

Feb. 28, 2017

Jacksonville, Florida, is the host city for this year’s Computer-Assisted Reporting conference, one of two annual conferences run by the Investigative Reporters and Editors. The March 2-5 program will include practical tips, story ideas and computer training.

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AU student to participate in investigation on water quality

Feb. 2, 2017

Jordan Houston, an American University journalism master's student and intern at the Workshop, is one of 30 top journalism students from across the United States, Canada and Ireland who will investigate water pollution and its impact on health in the U.S. as part of the 2017 Carnegie-Knight News21 reporting program.

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Apply for summer 2017 internships

Jan. 17, 2017

The Investigative Reporting Workshop, a nonprofit news organization based at the American University School of Communication in Washington, is looking for smart, engaged students from around the country for internships in the summer of 2017.

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Charles Lewis travels to Oxford

Nov. 28, 2016

Charles Lewis will travel to Oxford, England, in December to participate in a collaborations roundtable. 

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Funding our work

Nov. 17, 2016

The work we’ve published in 2016 would not have been possible without two significant groups: our interns and our donors.  

Our interns — graduate students from American University and other schools around the country — research and report through our partnerships with The Washington Post, FRONTLINE and other major media. We are proud to count Workshop alums among the staff at the Post, NBC News, Politico, McClatchy, the Huffington Post, the Houston Chronicle, WNYC, Colorado Public Radio and Mother Jones, among many others.

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Charles Lewis to speak at Integrity20 conference

Oct. 19, 2016

Executive Editor Charles Lewis will travel to Brisbane, Australia, this week for an international conference called "Integrity20: Age of Insecurities."

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'New Newsrooms' wins research award

The Investigative Reporting Workshop has won the Society for Professional Journalists’ Research about Journalism Award for “The New Newsrooms,” an examination of nonprofit centers for investigative journalism worldwide. The reporters who founded these centers followed the example of their colleagues in the U.S., where this model has thrived for the past two decades.

'Business of Disaster' finalist in IRE awards

“Business of Disaster,” the PBS FRONTLINE program about ongoing housing problems more than three years after the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy, was a finalist in the IRE awards this year in both the large broadcast/video category and also in the large radio/audio category. 

The back-story behind Workshop's first data project on banks

In BankTracker, our long-running series that debuted in March 2009, we analyzed publicly available data to report on the financial health of the nation’s banks and credit unions. Though the project met with resistance from the banking association at the time, the updates continue to be welcomed by readers.

Washington journalists on Trump’s war on the press

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Partners

Workshop Partners

We publish online and in print, often teaming up with other news organizations. We're working now on a new program with FRONTLINE producers, to air later in the year, and on the "Years of Living Dangerously," a series on climate change that has begun airing on Showtime. A story last year on the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention centers was co-published with The New York Times. Our updates to our long-running BankTracker project, in which you can view the financial health of every bank and credit union in the country, have been published with msnbc.com, now nbcnews.com, and we co-published stories in our What Went Wrong series on the economy with The Philadelphia Inquirer and New America Media. Our graduate students are working as researchers with Washington Post reporters, and our new senior editor is a member of the Post's investigative team. Learn more on our partners page.

Projects

Investigating Power update

Investigating Power update

Profiles of notable journalists and their stories of key moments in U.S. history in the last 50 years can be found on the Investigating Power site. See Workshop Executive Editor Charles Lewis' latest video interviews as well as historic footage and timelines. You can also read more about the project and why we documented these groundbreaking examples of original, investigative journalism that helped shape or change public perceptions on key issues of our time, from civil rights to Iraq, here.