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Topic “investigative journalism”

New "Investigating Power" multimedia site pays tribute to 60 years of muckraking in the U.S.

Charles Lewis, former "60 Minutes" producer, founder of The Center for Public Integrity and founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C., noticed a disturbing trend in in-depth journalism: Between 1985 and 2012, the number of Pulitzer Prize entries for the public service category (awarded to The New York Times in 1972 for the Pentagon Papers and The Washington Post in 1973 for Watergate) dropped 42 percent from 122 to 71; explanatory journalism entries fell 40 percent from 181 to 109; and the entries in the investigative reporting category dropped 30 percent from 103 to 72. Read more »


Technological challenges for newsrooms debated at 5th Ibero-American Colloquium on Digital Journalism

About 40 journalists, media executives, and academic researchers from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal met in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, April 22, for the fifth annual Ibero-American Colloquium on Digital Journalism, organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Read more »


Oft-criticized Huffington Post marks milestone by winning prestigous Pulitzer Prize

Online news sites Politico and the Huffington Post were among the winners of the 14 journalism Pulitzer Prizes awarded Monday, April 16, illustrating the quality and importance of digital content in a field increasingly turning away from traditional, print ways of doing business. What's more, the Huffington's Post Pulitzer win is especially notable considering the HuffPost, a mostly aggregation and blog site, often is derided as a "glitzy thief of journalism produced by others" and dismissed "as an abasement to all that was journalistically sacred," the Columbia Journalism Review noted. Read more »


Brazilian newspaper launches blog exploring world of data journalism (Interview)

Following the steps of newspapers such as The Guardian (United Kingdom), Los Angeles Times (USA), La Información (Spain), and La Nación (Argentina), the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo launched on its website the blog "Afinal de Contas," or After All, the first in Brazil to explore the world of data journalism. Read more »


Unraveling data scraping: Understanding how to scrape data can facilitate journalists' work

Ever heard of "data scraping?" The term may seem new, but programmers have been using this technique for quite a while, and now it is attracting the attention of journalists who need to access and organize data for investigative reporting. Read more »


Mexican police, military responsible for most attacks on press, says upcoming report


Most attacks against the Mexican press come from police and military, and authorities are collaborating with organized crime by not investigating or punishing cases that harm freedom of expression, according to several Mexican media reporting on an upcoming study titled "Forced Silence: The State, Accomplice in Violence Against the Press in Mexico." The report is to be released by the press freedom organization Article 19 on Tuesday, March 20, in Mexico City. Read more »


New website launches with tools for public affairs reporting

With slightly more than a week under its belt, the new Reporters' Lab website is aiming to arm reporters with the tools, techniques, and research to better cover stories of public interest, hold the government accountable, and preserve investigative reporting. Read more »


Journalists gather at IRE workshop to discuss reporting under pressure, violence along U.S.-Mexico border


Guest post by Lise Olsen, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) board member from 2007-2011, and director of IRE-Mexico from 1996-1998.

Twenty leading journalists gathered in Mexico City on Friday, Feb. 18, to exchange information and discuss ways that Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) can continue to help reporters who, under pressure and often at great personal risk, continue to do investigative reporting on U.S.-Mexico border topics such as children victimized by cartel violence, wasteful government spending, political corruption, cartel operations, as well as the huge economic and social costs of our two nations’ war on drugs. Read more »



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