High court rejects Trump’s attempt to end DACA

The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 Thursday to reject President Donald Trump’s three-year endeavor to end a program that protects young immigrants from deportation. DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, eliminated the threat of removal for some 800,000 undocumented immigrants and bypassed a stalled Congress in 2012. It was one of President Barack Obama’s  …

Who’s getting PPP money?

Nearly two months since Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the Small Business Administration has failed to release a list of recipients of Paycheck Protection Program loans. The program contains $669 billion in low-interest loans meant for small businesses, a significant component of the largest stimulus package in U.S. history. During …

Resources for reporting on coronavirus

Coronavirus coverage: Senior Editor John Sullivan, who is also a reporter at The Washington Post, co-wrote a story about the confusion nationwide because of the government’s response to the coronavirus. Coronavirus webinar: IRE and the Reynolds Journalism Institute did a webinar last week on where journalists can find accurate data about COVID-19 and shared advice for using the data responsibly and …

IRW updates: Helping you to report on coronavirus

Accountability:  The Workshop’s Accountability Project Team is working to add data to help newsrooms with COVID-19 coverage. In collaboration with Big Local News, we have added hospital and nursing home data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The data includes hospital location, the number of beds by type, county-level population estimates by age (which can be linked …

What’s the future of investigative broadcasts?

Decision-makers behind the creation of network news, investigative podcasts, documentary films and non-fiction cable and streaming programs are coming to American University on Feb. 22 to talk about the future of investigative journalism. Presenters include Cindy Galli, ABC’s chief of investigative projects; Matt Goldberg, vice president of content strategy at NBCUniversal; Katie Hinman, executive producer at CNN …

Apply for summer 2020 internships

The Investigative Reporting Workshop, a nonprofit news organization based at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C., is looking for smart, engaged college students and recent graduates from around the country for internships at our office in the summer of 2020. Positions include researchers, data journalists, videographers, graphic designers and web producers. Undergraduate …

MaryBeth Moore Zocco and son Ryan

Court records, emails help reporter track companies’ tactics and those affected

The Washington Post has chronicled the ongoing opioids crisis for years. I have been a part of that team since June during my internship at the Investigative Reporting Workshop. The investigative desk has detailed the drug companies’ handling of the marketing and distribution of painkillers as well as the epic legal battle between local and …

story reporters

Conflict or not? A deep dive into the world of forms and data leads to collaboration

Do members of Congress know whether an expert testifying before them has any monetary connections to the outcome of their committee hearings? Do those testifying before them have an affiliation with a group or groups that might want to weaken oversight by an agency or strengthen ties with particular foreign governments? These were some of …

Timeline: Reporters chronicle upshot of president’s disparaging remarks

Journalists, often the subject of the president’s ire, continue to chronicle how his rhetoric inspires divisiveness and even violence. Yet such efforts to vilify the press have not deterred many young people from studying the field. Here’s a look at the latest news detailing the difficulty of practicing journalism today. In his first public speech …