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Workshop editors continue teaching this summer

Posted: June 29, 2015 | Tags: Workshop Editors

Workshop editors continue teaching and training through the summer.

David Donald taught data analysis earlier this month at Boston University. The program, run by Maggie Mulvihill, drew attendees from across the spectrum — social workers, health-care researchers and engineers as well as those in sales, marketing and chemical companies. And, of course, the usual suspects: journalists and students. Donald is in London this week at the Centre for Investigative Journalism and also at the Financial Times in London to teach data journalism.

More than 400 high-school students from around the world are at AU this summer for communication workshops, and Donald and Lynne Perri spoke to one of the groups about the in-depth reporting we do at the Workshop with the help of tireless college students — who made their mark most recently through data analysis for a story about the heavy use of the charge of "assaulting a police officer" in the District of Columbia.

AU alum and former CIR reporter Rachael Bale guided these young students through the two-week program and helped them do a public-records search for stories on their schools. Perri also taught a two-week workshop on news and feature writing, with student stories featured on a class website. The Discover the World of Communication program is celebrating its 20th year at American University and will return to the University of California, Berkeley, campus for a smaller version of the program in early August.

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