Mitchell says time may be running out for civil-rights cases

What are the next 10 years of civil-rights remedies going to be like? Jerry Mitchell, an award-winning civil-rights and investigative reporter for the Clarion-Ledger in Mississippi, was asked how much time is really left to bring people to justice for killings during the 1950s and 1960s. “If you’re talking about criminal prosecutions,” he said in …

Better together: Journalists and academics brainstorm ways to collaborate for more impact

Reporters and researchers can collaborate more extensively to shed light on issues the country’s workforce is facing, panelists said Friday at the Mind to Mind symposium. Journalists typically call academics to get quotes for their stories, and academics call journalists to ask them to write about their research papers, Christa Scharfenberg, CEO of Reveal from …

How WAMU and IRW reported ‘Collateral Damage’

The WAMU 88.5 series “Collateral Damage” focused on the impact of the D.C. police department’s aggressive focus on confiscating illegal guns. The investigation with the Investigative Reporting Workshop explored how tactics used by police to search for guns are also angering and alienating residents, especially in D.C.’s predominantly black neighborhoods where police focus these efforts. …

Jennifer LaFleur joins Workshop as data editor

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. 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 …

IRE Watchdog Workshop for journalists comes to DC

Journalists looking to hone their investigative skills can learn from the pros at IRE’s Washington, D.C., Watchdog Workshop this weekend. The Investigative Reporters & Editors event includes panels and training sessions with veteran journalists from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and others. Experts will explain how …

Flags on a damaged church after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria.

FRONTLINE, NPR, IRW collaborate on new program about Puerto Rico

More than seven months after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, damaging or destroying homes and demolishing much of the island’s infrastructure, more than a hundred thousand Americans are still without power, as part of the worst blackout in U.S. history. On Tuesday, May 1, in Blackout in Puerto Rico, FRONTLINE and …

Charles Lewis receives I.F. Stone medal

The Investigative Reporting Workshop’s own Charles Lewis is receiving a major award for his support of investigative journalism. The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University is honoring Lewis, IRW’s founding executive editor, with the 2018 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence. The award honors investigative reporter I.F. Stone and goes out annually to a …

IRW launches interactive on antibiotic resistance

“Nightmare Bacteria: Life Without Antibiotics” is a new interactive multimedia project of the Investigative Reporting Workshop. The producers are Larry Kirkman, former dean of the School of Communication and filmmaker-in-residence at IRW, and Robin Mudge, a former AU professor and consultant for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with extensive television experience in the UK. This interactive …