Workshop News

Interns report for Post, FRONTLINE

Aug. 14, 2017

IRW interns from the spring and summer cohorts researched police accountability, low-income housing and charities renting Mar-a-Lago for major fundraisers, which led to stories with our partners, The Washington Post, PBS FRONTLINE and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, respectively.

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Intern lands byline in Washington Post

July 17, 2017

One of IRW's summer interns secured a front page Washington Post byline after working with Post reporter and Workshop Senior Editor John Sullivan on a six-month update of fatal police shootings, which the Post has tracked nationwide for two years. 

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Encore broadcast of FRONTLINE program

July 17, 2017

"Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria," a 2013 FRONTLINE program co-produced by the Investigative Reporting Workshop, looks at whether the age of antibiotics is coming to an end. Rick Young, Emma Schwartz, Fritz Kramer, correspondent David E. Hoffman and Workshop intern Sarah Robertson have updated the story with new interviews and footage from Houston.

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Lewis inspires young journalists

July 17, 2017

Executive Editor Charles Lewis urged young journalists to get excited about the profession and to hold those in power accountable this month at a two-day, international conference in Edinburgh

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IRW selects first high school intern

July 17, 2017

Maya Wilson says her parents' first kiss was over a side table the pair assembled in February 1993, when they both worked as journalists at the News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Newsroom summer internships grow

June 27, 2017

Ten college interns from around the country are already hard at work this month reporting, writing and editing in the IRW newsroom as they cover events across Washington, D.C., and tackle long-range investigative research.

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Yang Sun receives first David Donald Fellowship

June 27, 2017

Yang Sun, a University of Missouri graduate student specializing in data, is the first recipient of IRW's David Donald Data Journalism Fellowship. 

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'Dropped and Dismissed' wins Murrow Award for News Documentary

June 21, 2017

“Dropped and Dismissed,” an investigation into child sexual abuse co-produced by the Workshop, won a 2017 Edward R. Murrow award for News Documentary.

 

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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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Recent News

Charities split over ethics, fundraising at Mar-a-Lago

A Chronicle of Philanthropy and Investigative Reporting Workshop analysis of permit data shows how lucrative events at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, can be.

In 2016, when Donald Trump’s unorthodox and often controversial presidential campaign was in full swing, the Cleveland Clinic raised $963,029, after expenses, at an annual ball; Susan G. Komen brought in $700,00 at its 2016 Mar-a-Lago event, and the Palm Beach Police Foundation raised $643,975.

In all, data compiled by The Chronicle and the Workshop suggests that 17 groups raised more than $100,000 after expenses at Mar-a-Lago in 2016, with several raising more than $500,000. 

Incubating new economic models for journalism.

Latest from iLab

Inspiring international students

IRW Executive Editor Charles Lewis urged young journalists to get excited about the profession and to hold those in power accountable this month at a two-day, international conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.The Future News Worldwide conference was created by the British Council— the United Kingdom’s international organization for culture and education — and held earlier this month at the Scottish Parliament.

From the Pentagon Papers to Trump: How the government gained the upper hand against leakers

The Pentagon Papers helped shape legal and ethical standards for journalistic truth-telling on matters of top secret government affairs. Openness, in the eyes of the public and the courts, would usually prevail over government secrecy, shifting power from politicians back to citizens and news organizations. That balance of power is taking on a renewed significance today in the wake of Reality Winner’s alleged recent national security leak, prosecution of members of the press and anti-press and anti-leak rhetoric by the Trump administration.

Blogs

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TV viewership declines, diversity stalls in newsrooms

Revenue and audience trends for Hispanic- and black-oriented news outlets have mirrored closely the fluctuation of the industry overall, a recent Pew Research Center report found.


Survivors reflect on life after deadly bacterial infections

When FRONTLINE’s "Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria" premiered in 2013, Addie Rerecich and David Ricci were still struggling with the consequences of devastating antibiotic-resistant infections. Four years later, FRONTLINE and the Workshop caught up with the two survivors to find out how they were doing as part of an updated broadcast of the film tonight, July 25, 2017, nationwide on PBS. Check local listings.

Sinclair exemplifies consolidation concerns in TV news

Nearly 15 years ago, the five largest television companies owned about 180 of the country’s local news channels. Now, after years of dizzying buying sprees, mergers and billions of dollars spent, those companies own more than twice that — a pattern of consolidation that worries many, both within the industry and outside of it. 

More Republicans think negatively about higher ed

For the first time since Pew began tracking it, a majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (58 percent) now say colleges “have a negative effect on the country.” That’s compared to 72 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners who say colleges and universities have a positive impact. Whatever the cause, colleges and universities now share in a dubious distinction: as some of the most divisive national institutions. The only other institution that, according to Pew, divides Americans more? The national news media. 


What We're Reading: Inspiring investigations

Recent investigative and longform work that has inspired our IRW summer interns.

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.