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Explore The Workshop's 2017 holiday gift guide

Posted: Dec. 1, 2017 | Tags: Gifts, Holidays

The holiday gift-giving season beckons. And if you’re like me, Google's not always your best friend when it comes to finding clever presents for loved ones. I'm here to help.

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Art by Andrea Lin, IRW

Books make the writer's heart grow fonder, am I right? Explore these great reads for journalists. They're sure to enhance any truthseeker’s bookstand, whether you're buying for budding reporters or the nation's most senior editors and columnists.

The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook, 5th Edition

The Elements of Journalism, 3rd Edition 

Censored 2018: Press Freedoms in a ...

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Science march film will turn on scientists turned political candidates, leaders

Posted: Nov. 20, 2017 | Tags: Larry Kirkman, March on Science, Protest for Science

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Frontline protesters, including Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," at the March for Science in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 2017.

 

March for Science and Public Policy 11/27 from Larry Kirkman on Vimeo.

“Preponderance of Evidence,” a documentary about the impact of the April 22 March on Science, will tell stories about scientists who want to counter the Trump administration’s war on science.

The film will feature footage of thousands of marchers trekking in rainy conditions toward Capitol Hill protesting policies of the new president, who cast doubt about climate change and vaccines ...

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A shortlist of fall media

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017 | Tags: science

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Investigative Reporting Workshop Fellow Zane Anthony recommends the following in-depth stories you might have missed, models of today's multimedia projects.

The autumn news cycle boiled over like some Northwestern river amid a peak salmon run. Here, I bring together exceptional examples of storytelling I’ve spent time with in the last few weeks. They pinball and rebound between the most salient topics in media of the moment: extreme wealth, the White House and race.

 

Enterprise stories

The Paradise Papers,” Nov. 13 in VICE News Tonight

It’s paradise found, not lost, this month for the international consortium of slam-dunk ...

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FRONTLINE, IRW launch new fellowship

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017 | Tags: Frontline

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Kate McCormick

The PBS series FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Workshop (IRW) at American University’s School of Communication are pleased to announce a new journalism fellowship.

The inaugural FRONTLINE/IRW Fellow, Kate McCormick, who is finishing her master’s degree at George Washington University, will work with writer-producer Rick Young and his FRONTLINE team based at AU. She also will write for FRONTLINE’s digital platforms, and will contribute to upcoming projects at the Workshop.

“We’re so proud of the investigations we’ve carried out with the team at the Workshop, and we ...

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Barriers still keep disabled voters from polls

Posted: Nov. 2, 2017 | Tags: elections, Federal Election Commission, GAO, Justice Department

Nearly 28 years since the passing of the American’s with Disabilities Act, some polling places and voting systems still are not accessible.

The Government Accountability Office released a report today based on its review of polling places and stations in the 2016 election.

It gathered data for 178 polling places and found that 60 percent had barriers, including “steep ramps located outside buildings, lack of signs indicating accessible paths, and poor parking or path surfaces.”

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 required, among other things, that polling places be accessible and have at least one accessible voting machine ...

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New site keeps journalists' stories alive

Posted: Nov. 2, 2017 | Tags: journalism

On March 2, 2017, Cecilio Pineda, a Mexican investigative reporter, posted a video about the close tie between a drug cartel leader and a local politician on his Facebook account. Two hours later, he was murdered

Pineda’s investigation, along with ones of two other fallen journalists on drug cartels in Mexico, has been translated into nine languages by Forbidden Stories, a newly launched website, so their work can reach as many people as possible. 

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Laurent Richard presents the Forbidden Stories project at the Newseum.

Laurent Richard, the founder of Forbidden Stories, a renowned TV journalist ...

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Artists from oppressive regimes caution Western political complacency

Posted: Oct. 30, 2017 | Tags: Artists

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Photo by Samuel Northrop, IRW

Natalia Kaliada speaks about her role in the Belarus Free Theatre.

Most of the West enjoys freedom of expression and media, but several artists from oppressive countries warned an American audience not to take their freedom for granted at an event at the National Press Club on Oct. 28.

Dissidents from Russia, Syria, Iran and other countries said their fight for freedom of expression is inextricably linked to freedom of others around the world.

“Just exercise your freedoms while you have it,” Natalia Kaliada, co-artistic director of the Belarus Free Theatre, said. “Otherwise they will ...

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Journalists rewarded for their bravery

Posted: Oct. 27, 2017 | Tags: women in journalism

Every year, many female journalists are harassed, detained, beaten or even killed just for doing their jobs. Despite many efforts made for improvement, the situation hasn’t changed.

Andrea Mitchell from NBC and MSNBC accepts Lifetime Achievement Award in Washington D.C.

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Andrea Mitchell from NBC and MSNBC accepts Lifetime Achievement Award in Washington.

“The attitudes toward women in politics and women in journalism today is more aggressive, is more sexually threatening, more abusive and dismissive than any time that I can recall,” said Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent at NBC News, in a ceremony honoring courageous female journalists last week. 

The Oct. 23 event was the part of the ...

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Why the journalist and scholar should be friends

Posted: Oct. 24, 2017 | Tags: journalism, science

At a time when journalism and science are under fire, opportunities might exist to join forces.

Just how to do that was the focus of Mind to Mind, a symposium held Friday at Stanford University.

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Patricia Shiu, former director of compliance programs at the U.S.Department of Labor, talks about pay disparities.

“We can fight back by better serving the public,” Chicago Tribune reporter Sam Roe told attendees. For a 2016 investigation about dangerous drug interactions, Roe teamed with data scientists at Columbia University to find prescription drug combinations linked to a serious heart ...

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Editors: 'We are not at war with Trump'

Posted: Oct. 20, 2017 | Tags: journalism

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Photo by Noel St. John, National Press Club

Dean Baquet (left) and Marty Baron (center) discuss journalism in a Trump administration at a panel discussion moderated by Marvin Kalb (right) for The Kalb Report. Oct. 16, 2017.

Top editors of two of the country’s leading news organizations said that their reporters were at the forefront of covering the Trump administration, but they were not competing with each other to topple the presidency.

Dean Baquet and Marty Baron, executive editors of The New York Times and The Washington Post, respectively, said that a journalist’s mission of pursuing truth and ...

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Explore The Workshop's 2017 holiday gift guide

This year's holiday gift-giving guide will impress those journalists in your life who love swag (and irony).

Science march film will turn on scientists turned political candidates, leaders

A new documentary will tell stories about scientists who want to counter the Trump administration’s “war on science." Director Larry Kirkman, who teaches at the AU School of Communication, shares his vision for the film, along with his "work-in-progress" video featuring footage from the March for Science on April 22.

A shortlist of fall media

The autumn news cycle boiled over like some Northwestern river amid a peak salmon run. Here are exceptional examples of storytelling I’ve spent time with in the last few weeks. They pinball and rebound between the most salient topics in media of the moment: extreme wealth, the White House and race.


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