Archives for October, 2015

'120 Days' shows heartbreaking reality of immigration

Posted: Oct. 21, 2015 | Tags: documentary


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Miguel Cortes hugs his wife and daughter as they face the choice to separate the family or become fugitives.

The documentary "120 Days" turns a spotlight on the story of the Cortes family while the father, Miguel, decides whether to voluntarily return to Mexico — with a court's offer that he has 120 days to get his affairs in order — or face deportation and the splitting apart of his family.

Introducing the lesser-known side of the immigration discussion is important, says director Ted Roach, who will be on hand for questions following the screening of "120 ...

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How to use social media to combat hate

Posted: Oct. 19, 2015 | Tags: religion

More than 8,000 gathered for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, which ended Monday in Salt Lake City. This is the first parliament since 2009 and the first in the United States since 1993. The international organization is dedicated to promoting interfaith dialogue and action for the betterment of global society. Workshop intern Ashley Campbell, a former employee of the organization, is now studying journalism at the School of Communication and filed this blog post.

SALT LAKE CITY — Can social media be used to combat hate speech — or does it foster it?

That was the question this weekend ...

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Diversity in focus at ONA

Posted: Oct. 19, 2015 | Tags: journalism

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Although I have been to journalism conferences before, the Online News Association (ONA) was unique. I admit I knew very little about ONA before applying and being accepted as a fellow from one of the country's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Glynn Hill, an amazing reporter from my school, Howard University, was a fellowship recipient the year before, so I knew it would be a great opportunity. Plus it was in Los Angeles, and I had never been anywhere west of my native Texas.

One of the more positive aspects of working in the student newsroom at ONA ...

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Forty years of whistleblowing: from anti-war activists to Snowden

Posted: Oct. 14, 2015 | Tags: whistleblowers

The first Investigative Film Festival in Washington highlighted a showing of "1971," a movie about the break-in more than 40 years ago of an FBI office in Pennsylvania, which led to leaks that exposed the agency's surveillance of ordinary citizens. That burglary echoed the recent release by Edward Snowden of the NSA's secret surveillance of U.S. citizens.

On March 8, 1971, eight anti-war activists burglarized an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania. Documents stolen from the office exposed a secret counterintelligence program — COINTELPRO — which, among other things, gave federal agents the authority to conduct domestic surveillance on U ...

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2015 GIJC: A look back with an eye to the future

Posted: Oct. 12, 2015 | Tags: journalism

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The Ninth Global Investigative Journalism Conference, which brought together about 900 journalists from more than 120 countries, ended this weekend. While the gathering had the largest representation by countries, its importance will be measured by what happens afterward.

Here are a few observations from my time at the conference in Lillehammer, Norway:

• It opened with a declaration regarding press freedom that was approved by near unanimous acclamation. It calls for governments and other authorities around the world to protect journalists doing their work. Look at the numbers of journalists recently killed or jailed for simply reporting the news. Investigative and ...

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Unholy Alliances and Empire of Ashes win Global Shining Light award at 2015 GIJC

Posted: Oct. 12, 2015 | Tags: journalism

The 2015 Global Shining Light winners were named Saturday at the 9th Global Investigative Journalism Conference in in Lillehammer, Norway. The co-winners, Unholy Alliances and Empire of Ashes, were selected out of 76 submissions from 34 countries.  

Unholy Alliances exposed corruption surrounding Montenegro’s Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and his ties with organized crime. It was produced by The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), a not-for-profit, joint program of a number of regional nonprofit investigative centers and for profit independent media stretching from Eastern Europe to Central Asia.

Empire of Ashes investigated for five months how illegal ...

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GIJC begins

Posted: Oct. 6, 2015 | Tags: journalism

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More than 1,000 journalists from 120 countries are expected to attend the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Lillehammer, Norway, from Oct. 7-11, including the Workshop's Chuck Lewis and David Donald, who will moderate panels and teach.

Lewis will present an academic paper, "Accountability Information Across Borders," and speak on and moderate two panels: Sustaining High Quality Journalism and Studies of Cross-Border Investigations. He also will interview many veteran journalists from throughout the world as part of his research for his Visiting Fellowship at Oxford University's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

Lewis founded the Center for ...

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Donald to train journalists at GIJC

Posted: Oct. 6, 2015 | Tags: journalism


Photo by Lesia Olesnyckyj, Investigative Reporting Workshop

David Donald will lead data training sessions at the global conference in Norway this week.

At the Global Investigative Journalism Conference, I'll be doing a series of hands-on data journalism sessions called "Stats for Stories." The idea is to take data journalists already comfortable in basic data analysis and advance their skills — and hence — insight into their data through the use of inferential statistics. I'll co-lead this series with Andy Lehren from The New York Times.

Next up is a three-session series again of hands-on data journalism covering structured query language ...

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Lewis begins fellowship in October

Posted: Oct. 5, 2015 | Tags: journalism


Photo by Lesia Olesnyckyj, Investigative Reporting Workshop

Executive Editor Chuck Lewis will research accountability studies while on a fellowship at the Reuters Institute at Oxford.

This fall, I will be a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, researching the possibility of a new multidisciplinary academic field I call "Accountability Studies" (which I first discussed publicly in "935 Lies," my most recent book), and more broadly, the "efficacy and potential of increased journalistic and academic data, research and reporting collaboration, in the context of credible, accountability information." I am now in discussions with the ...

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