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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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Survivors reflect on life after deadly bacterial infections

Posted: July 25, 2017 | Tags: antibiotics

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Photo courtesy of Cheryl Perron

Ricci with his family 

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's Sarah Robertson 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.

You'll find additional stories and information on FRONTLINE's website  and the Workshop's, and can see the trailer and the original film ...

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Sinclair exemplifies consolidation concerns in TV news

Posted: July 14, 2017 | Tags: Television 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. 

Sinclair Broadcasting Group, by far the largest of these companies, offered a case study of this disconcerting phenomenon two months ago when it announced plans to acquire Tribune Media for $3.9 billion. This deal would land Sinclair an additional 42 channels ...

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More Republicans think negatively about higher ed

Posted: July 12, 2017 | Tags: education

Earlier this year, protesters at the University of California, Berkeley transformed the school’s lively campus hub, Sproul Plaza, into a battleground — seriously, some actually called the fallout the “Battle of Berkeley.”

This fight had national consequences and, for a time, made UC Berkeley the front lines of something Washington Post columnist Daniel Drezner dubbed “The War on College:” an increasingly hostile opinion of higher education. Even President Trump, then newly-inaugurated, weighed in.

“The Battle of Berkeley” and subsequent campus strife at Middlebury College and Evergreen State College were harbingers of what Drezner called the “widening partisan split in attitudes ...

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What We're Reading: Inspiring investigations

Posted: July 5, 2017 | Tags: journalism, Summer reading

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Illustration by Sydney Ling, IRW

 

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

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"My Fourth Months as a Private Prison Guard"
by Shane Bauer for Mother Jones

A veteran investigative reporter once told me that trying to report on prisons is like being a war correspondent, only harder, given the extreme lack of access afforded to the press in investigating prison conditions and abuses.

Last year, Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer found a way around this extreme lack of access using a muckraker-era reporting technique — going undercover. Concealing his purpose without lying about his ...

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TV news audience stabilizes

Posted: June 26, 2017 | Tags: Pew State of the Media

 

In its latest set of reports on “The State of News Media,” the Pew Research Center again delivered a dose of good news to the world of televised journalism.

In 2016, “Network TV news – appointment viewing for more than 20 million Americans – has experienced relative stability in the size of its audience over the past decade,” the nonpartisan “fact tank” reported.

This stability, amid an increasing number of distractions (an ever-growing arsenal of apps that are viewed on more and more screens that aren’t television) and their on-demand nature, is an accomplishment — albeit a puzzling one, said Terry Bryant ...

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‘Dropped and Dismissed’ wins Murrow Award

Posted: June 21, 2017 | Tags: partnerships

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Photo by Kate Patterson for IRW

Tennessee Watson

The Radio, Television Digital News Association announced Tuesday that “Dropped and Dismissed: Child Sex Abuse Lost in the System,” an investigation into child sexual abuse co-produced by the Investigative Reporting Workshop, is the winner of a 2017 Edward R. Murrow Award best news documentary. 

The hour-long audio of author Tennessee Watson’s search for her abuser and efforts to file charges many years after she was his gymnastics student  was part of a project jointly produced by the Investigative Reporting Workshop, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. It won ...

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Free speech heated on campuses

Posted: June 15, 2017 | Tags: First Amendment

Free speech controversies on college campuses nationwide show some experts that students need education about First Amendment protections earlier and often, according to a panel of academic and free speech authorities who spoke Wednesday afternoon at the Newseum. 

Panelists said many American college students overwhelmingly support the First Amendment but feel campus leaders should create policies that limit or restrict offensive speech. That shows a tension over what free speech is meant to do. 

"They support the First Amendment, but with significant exceptions,” Newseum CEO Jeffrey Herbst, who was a panelist, said of college students. 

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Rare footage, interviews highlight new Ken Burns doc

Posted: June 15, 2017 | Tags: Ken Burns

In preparation for the September premiere of PBS’s new documentary series on the Vietnam War, directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick talked Monday night at the Newseum about the importance of both press freedom and finding humanity during one of America’s darkest and most divisive wars.

“The Vietnam War,” 10 years in the making, stands to be the most comprehensive documentary film ever made about the war. 

Newseum members and guests filled the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater to watch film excerpts focused on media and war reporting from the 10-part, 18-hour series, then listened to a conversation ...

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Reporters need tools, training, time to combat fake news

Posted: June 15, 2017 | Tags: fake news

Fake news has the potential to damage both mainstream media and the public.

That was the message at a June 12 National Press Club event titled “Is Seeing Still Believing,” which featured Santiago Lyon, who works with the World Press Photo Foundation, and Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan.

“I feel the term has become weaponized,” Sullivan told the crowd of two-dozen about fake news.

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The Washington Post's Margaret Sullivan spoke at the National Press Club about how to combat fake news.

The conference opened with moderator Mickey H. Osterreicher reminding the audience about his group’s — the National ...

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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. 


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