Workshop News

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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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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Recent News

The toxic chemical whack-a-mole game

When her black cat rapidly dropped from a healthy 14 pounds to a skeletal five pounds, it was natural for Arlene Blum to investigate whether a toxic chemical in her home might be to blame. The veterinarian's diagnosis raised that possibility, and Blum had expertise in the harm that chemicals can cause. Her research as a chemist in the 1970s helped reveal the possible health hazards posed by flame retardants used in children's sleepwear. 

Incubating new economic models for journalism.

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How drones are changing disaster coverage

Drones, small unmanned aircraft, have changed how some news organizations cover disasters. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria represent a “defining moment for the use of unmanned aerial systems in news gathering,” Greg Agvent, the senior director of National News Technology and CNN AIR, said. 


Offenses in youth centers send teens to adult prisons

A ProPublica reporter wondered why a Southwest Illinois juvenile facility was sending teenage inmates to adult prisons. Here's the story behind the story.


Blogs

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A toast to investigative journalism

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Committee to Protect Journalists each received a $1 million donation from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation, and both awards were announced at the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night in Beverly Hills, California.

Apply for summer 2018 internships

The Investigative Reporting Workshop, a nonprofit news organization based at the American University School of Communication in Washington, is looking for smart, engaged college students and recent graduates from around the country for internships in the summer of 2018.

Members of Congress 'share' differences on Facebook

Political schisms influence which national news outlets members of Congress share on Facebook, according to a new analysis published by the Pew Research Center.

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.

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.