June 2, 2014
"Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria," a PBS FRONTLINE documentary that aired last October and was co-produced by the Workshop, has won the Seventh Annual NIHCM — National Institute for Health Care Management — Foundation Health Care Television and Radio Journalism Award, which includes a $10,000 prize.
May 16, 2014
Executive Editor Chuck Lewis has recently won two awards, and students have moved from their roles as graduate researchers to full-time jobs at the New Republic and the National Journal.
Dec. 16, 2013
Summer internship applications — a cover letter and resume — are being accepted by email from Jan. 2-Feb. 1.
Oct. 11, 2013
John Sullivan, a senior editor at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, and a reporter on The Washington Post's investigative team, will talk about the unique partnership between the university and the news organization at a special forum at Columbia University. The event, titled "Classrooms as Newsrooms: Teaching Journalism in the Real World," will be held Oct. 26. The Workshop is a professional, nonprofit newsroom based at the School of Communication at American University, and is one of 18 such university-affiliated newsrooms in the country.
July 26, 2013
The Workshop explored how to measure impact in a new report, "The art, science and mystery of nonprofit news assessment." Now the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University weighs in, crediting authors Charles Lewis and Hilary Niles with "advancing a conversation that will hopefully allow newsrooms and foundations to communicate openly and honestly about their expectations and goals. After all, at the core, they share an interest in honoring the reader by providing journalism as a public service."
“Most of the conversation to date has been led by the grantors, but they’re not the ones doing the work,” Lewis told Caroline O'Donovan at Nieman. “They’re funding it, they’re collaborating on it, but the ones who are producing it are pretty deep in the trench. It would be useful for there to be a more common understanding of what are some of the guidepost elements.”
Lewis and former Workshop intern Niles produced the report to differentiate between reach and impact and highlight some of the methods that seem to be working for nonprofits. They cited the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism's methodology, which also was recently featured at the annual conference of Investigative Reporters and Editors.
July 22, 2013
The Koch Club, our two-year examination of the Koch brothers' funding of nonprofit and educational institutions, led to a number of high-profile blog posts and follow-up stories, first with Jane Mayer’s New Yorker article, and a few days later, to a comprehensive overview by the Columbia Journalism Review.
April 2, 2013
Cabin Creek Films and the Investigative Reporting Workshop are co-developing a film based on "The Betrayal of the American Dream," a 2012 book and an ongoing Workshop series of stories about the economic decline, particularly the intersection of federal regulations and Wall Street policies in impacting the decline of the middle class. Two-time Academy Award-winner Barbara Koppel will direct the film.
Dec. 20, 2012
The Investigative Reporting Workshop, a professional news organization in the School of Communication at American University, is looking for smart, engaged students from around the country for summer internships.
Dec. 10, 2012
Charles Lewis, executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop, is finishing his sixth book, “The Future of Truth,” which will be published in late 2013 or early 2014 by Public Affairs.
He began working on the book in 2005 with a focus on the origins and trajectory of public relations and propaganda; the deadliest deceptions by government and companies; and the truth-telling capacity of journalists and their news organizations over the past century.
His research led him to explore national “moments of truth” in contemporary U.S. history — moments in which news organizations, through their deep independent reporting, exposed egregious abuses of power and shaped history. The idea was to look to the past to inform and to inspire the future.
As a precursor to the book, the Workshop launched Investigating Power, at investigatingpower.org, earlier this year. It features videos on the journalists, their stories, the stories-behind-their-stories and the transcendent times they lived through. Lewis' story on Investigating Power is on the Workshop's site, which will be updated with news from the book next year.