Workshop News

IRW launches interactive on antibiotic resistance

March 8, 2018

"Nightmare Bacteria: Life Without Antibiotics" is a new interactive multimedia project of the Investigative Reporting Workshop. The site uses clips from previously aired programs and divides them into small segments. Viewers also will find additional video interviews that did not air; more resources and links; and an explanation of the science behind antibiotics.

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Apply for summer 2018 internships

Jan. 3, 2018

The Investigative Reporting Workshop, a nonprofit, professional news organization, is looking for smart, engaged college students from around the country for internships in the summer of 2018.

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FRONTLINE (PBS) and American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop launch new journalism fellowship

Nov. 16, 2017

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.

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Jennifer LaFleur joins Workshop as data editor

Aug. 28, 2017

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.

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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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Recent News

IRW launches interactive on antibiotic resistance

The Investigative Reporting Workshop's new multimedia project features videos from previous FRONTLINE programs that uncover the stories of dangerous superbugs and failed antibiotics. "Nightmare Bacteria: Life Without Antibiotics" is an interactive feature that allows viewers to learn about the consequences of the overuse of antibiotics in human medicine and food-animal farming.  

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Coverage of arming teachers

Over that last eight years, interest in arming teachers with guns is the result of school shootings. News coverage and Google searches reflect these trends. 

'Sunshine Week' comes to DC

The Society of Professional Journalists is hosting "Sunshine Week" from March 11-17 in the District. The initiative promotes open government and the importance of journalists' access to information. You'll find highlights of the schedule here.


Most Recent Posts

Questions of environmental justice take center stage

The intersection of the First Amendment, environmental justice and racism was the focus at a recent National Geographic event, “Environmental Justice: What’s Next?” 

A NICAR newbie goes to Chicago

Data journalism is still new to me. Despite that, I decided to dive in head first and attend the recent NICAR conference in Chicago. It was one of my best experiences as a journalist so far. The conference led me to think about alternative sources for data — even for hidden communities. 

Apprehensions at U.S.-Mexico border down from 2017

The number of people apprehended or denied entry into the U.S. dropped from 2017.

Donations to nonprofit newsrooms continue to grow after 'Trump bump'

Despite his persistent claims of fake news and shoddy reporting, President Donald Trump’s contentious relationship with the media has actually provided a much-needed financial boost for many nonprofit,  investigative journalism organizations across the country.

Students join WAMU reporter in long-form storytelling

WAMU reporter Patrick Madden teams up with graduate students from American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop to create long-form pieces online and on-air for WAMU FM 88.5, and other publishing and audio partners, including Reveal News and NPR.

Students help Madden research, fact-check and gather information for stories, such as the  “Assault on Justice” project in 2015, which ooked at whether police were overusing the charge of assaulting a police officer. 



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, now, 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.


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.