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Real people are behind the data covering ‘undercovered’ communities

Nausheen Husain, Jan Diehm and Mark Walker are three journalists who cover undercovered communities. Their advice to other reporters who want to do the same: Know when to walk away. The three spoke March 6 at the NICAR conference in New Orleans about best practices for covering underrepresented people and groups as well as where …

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Mistakes can engender self-doubt among journalists

When journalists make mistakes, the consequences can be far-reaching, affecting consumers, governments and even the economy. But responsible journalists also carry the burden of the errors, and some begin to question themselves. The “imposter syndrome” lures some journalists into a rabbit hole of self-doubt. It leaves talented reporters restraining themselves under the pressure of the …

Review: Why The New York Times is throwing out the book on election coverage with ‘The Field’

More than ever, Americans are turning to the web for their news (and they’re less likely than ever to pay for it, too). A major driver in that shift has increasingly become the manifold world of podcasting, where, not unlike online, newsrooms can reach larger, younger audiences with robust, in-depth reporting available at their fingertips. …

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 …

Transcript: Investigative journalism in the new media reality

IRW’s executive editor, Charles Lewis, was the keynote speaker on Dec. 13 at the 11th annual Ukrainian Investigative Journalism Conference, hosted by the Regional Press Development Institute in Kyiv, Ukraine, from Dec. 13-15.  The theme, “Investigative Journalism in New Media Reality,” drew several hundred reporters from Eastern Europe. They shared their experiences, investigative techniques and …

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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 …

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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 …