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Behind the Post's opioids investigation

Posted: Oct. 19, 2017 | Tags: opioids

Above: The Washington Post's Lenny Bernstein and Scott Higham, along with "60 Minutes" producer Ira Rosen, discuss their Washington Post-CBS News investigation on the drug industry and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The joint investigation published Oct. 15 explained how a targeted lobbying effort helped bolster a new law, the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act, that made it harder for the DEA to act against giant drug distributors. Some distributors had been fined for repeatedly ignoring warnings from the agency to shut down suspicious sales of hundreds of millions of pills.

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King hoped to enlighten Kennedy on civil rights

Posted: Oct. 16, 2017 | Tags: African-Americans

Kennedy and King

 

John F. Kennedy’s relationships with staunch segregationist George Wallace and Mississippi Gov. J.P. Coleman made him an unlikely presidential candidate for black America, Steven Levingston, author of “Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor and the Battle Over Civil Rights," said in a recent talk at the Newseum.

Kennedy was concerned with courting black voters during his run for the presidency in 1960 because, in addition to these relationships, “he had never been outspoken on civil rights,” said Levingston, the nonfiction book editor at The Washington Post.  

Kennedy eventually reached out to actor Harry Belafonte for an endorsement ...

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Reporters shown new frontier at ONA

Posted: Oct. 12, 2017 | Tags: interns, Online News Association

WASHINGTON — The reporting tools of the future were on display at the session titled “When Investigative Gets Immersive: Exploring Scientific Storytelling with Journalism 360”  during the Online News Association conference.

Immersive journalism pioneer Nonny de la Peña uses virtual and augmented reality to create an interactive storytelling experience that is beginning break into mainstream reporting. She described her recent projects as CEO of the Emblematic Group to more than 100 reporters from around the world last week at ONA. 

Media stalwarts FRONTLINE and NOVA recently partnered with the Emblematic Group to create a project that explored the effects of ...

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Right-leaning news outlets less critical of Trump, study shows

Posted: Oct. 6, 2017 | Tags: journalism

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Donald Trump at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

News outlets with politically right-leaning audiences produce more positive evaluations of the Trump administration in their stories but cite fewer sources and are less critical of the administration, according to a new Pew Research Center report. 

Pew analyzed 3,000 news stories for this study from 24 media outlets, including television, radio and online, produced during Trump’s first 100 days — from Jan. 21 to April 30. Pew’s methodology states that qualifying stories were defined as articles that were at least 50 percent ...

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Macedonian journalist seeks new ideas through fellowship

Posted: Oct. 2, 2017 | Tags: journalism

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Lirim Shabani at the Workshop.

One of my dreams was to visit the USA for educational purposes, and finally I am here to learn journalism through a fellowship. I am from a tiny country, Macedonia, in Southeast Europe, where I work as a journalist at an online media outlet. I’m spending the fall with the staff of the Investigative Reporting Workshop.

I didn’t study journalism as a college student, but I started to work as a journalist almost a decade ago when a group of my fellow students and I started a students ...

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Images of black women skew negative, study finds

Posted: Sept. 22, 2017 | Tags: African-Americans

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Photo by Angela Swartz, IRW

Dana Gills, Saidah Grimes, Erin Horne McKinney, Kendra Hatcher King, Charisse L'Pree Corsbie-Massay and Candace Queen discuss depictions of African-American women in the media.

WASHINGTON — Only 13 percent of African-American and Caucasian millennial women think African-American women are portrayed positively in the media.

That’s just one statistic from a new study on depictions of African-American women in advertising, news, reality TV and other media. 

“We’re in such a great time of black-girl magic. It’s not the best portrayals of us, but they’re multifaceted.” — Erin Horne McKinney, Black Female Founders

 

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Few seek media coverage of science news

Posted: Sept. 22, 2017 | Tags: journalism

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A majority of Americans receive their science news from general news outlets rather than specialty science sources, according to a new Pew Research Center report. But not many Americans receive science news at all.

Pew surveyed 4,024 adults from May 30 to June 12 to see who was getting scientific news and where they were getting it from. About one-third of Americans come across science news a few times a week. Another 30 percent intentionally seek it out. But only 17 percent do both. 

Senior Researcher Jeffrey Gottfried said the frequent mentioning of science in political debates ...

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What we're reading: Books and more

Posted: Sept. 14, 2017 | Tags: journalism

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Illustration by Sydney Ling, IRW

 

What we're reading this month: longer books, six-chapter investigative series and essays. Highly recommended from our new interns:

How Does a 10-Year-Old Boy End Up Hanging to Death?

by Julia Prodis Sulek for San Jose Mercury News

A 10-year-old boy found dead in a San Martin, California, barn bedevils his family. A sheriff's department reopens the case 25 years later. In six chapters, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Julia Prodis Sulek reveals the trauma, psychology and misinformation surrounding the 1989 hanging of Joshua Sean Klaver. 

Sulek's writing, wed with podcast segments, film work and ...

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Jennifer LaFleur joins Workshop as data editor

Posted: Aug. 28, 2017 | Tags: Workshop news

Jennifer LaFleur joins the Investigative Reporting Workshop as its new data editor and the School of Communication at American University as a data journalist-in-residence today.

“Jennifer

 

Jennifer LaFleur

LaFleur was previously senior editor for data journalism for the award-winning Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, which she joined in 2013, and where she worked as a senior editor, managing news apps developers, data reporters, investigative reporters and fellows. She also contributed to or edited dozens of major projects while at Reveal.

"Jennifer LaFleur is one of the preeminent data journalists in the world," says Chuck Lewis, executive editor at the ...

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TV viewership declines, diversity stalls in newsrooms

Posted: Aug. 9, 2017 | Tags: Pew State of the Media

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

Pew’s latest and final “State of the News Media” report also found that the country’s two largest racial/ethnic groups continue to be vastly underrepresented in television newsrooms. The diversity report for TV news directors is even bleaker.

The share of black TV news staffers has hovered around 10 percent for the last two decades, Pew reported. The portion of TV news directors who are black is half that, even ...

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Recent Posts

Behind the Post's opioids investigation

Graduate student and Workshop intern Reis Thebault was a contributing reporter to a recent Washington Post investigation into congressional action that many in the Drug Enforcement Agency saw as hampering their efforts to stem the opioid crisis.

King hoped to enlighten Kennedy on civil rights

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tried to influence John F. Kennedy in his run for president because he saw Kennedy as far removed from the realities of blacks in America, according to a new book on the relationship between the two powerful men. 

Reporters shown new frontier at ONA

The reporting tools of the future were on display at the “When Investigative Gets Immersive: Exploring Scientific Storytelling with Journalism 360” session of the 2017 Online News Association conference.


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