Archives for January, 2018

How Trump is shaping immigration policy

Posted: Jan. 31, 2018 | Tags: immigration

The timeline was updated on April 18.

It’s no surprise that President Donald Trump has pushed for stricter immigration enforcement since he came into office. It was a key focus of his campaign. In his first State of the Union address, President Trump spent more than 10 minutes of the address talking about immigration from the U.S-Mexico border wall to the need for more border officers and stricter enforcement.

“It is time to reform these outdated immigration rules, and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century,” he said.

What Trump didn’t talk about were the ...

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American trust in the media is low, but majority believes it is necessary

Posted: Jan. 31, 2018 | Tags: journalism

More than 80 percent of U.S. adults believe the news media are critical or very important to our democracy, according to a recent survey by Gallup and the Knight Foundation. But the findings, surprising in the current national climate of “fake news” and media mistrust, also revealed that 73 percent of respondents said inaccurate information spreading through the internet is a major problem and 43 percent held a negative view of the media (compared to 33 percent who held a positive view).

Sixty-six percent of Americans said most news media do not do a good job of separating fact ...

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Exceptional writing: a Workshop shortlist

Posted: Jan. 24, 2018 | Tags: Media Shortlist, What We're Reading

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This season’s media shortlist from The Investigative Reporting Workshop covers a gamut of written works from January.

With the luxury of time off these last two months, I managed to read voraciously and halved my backlog of bookmarked journalism.

Here are some of my favorite pieces, which found themselves falling under three tidy headers — cryptocurrency, gender and biography. I hope you set aside some time to explore these examples of outstanding writing.



“Bitcoin Mania”

SUE HALPERN for The New York Review of Books, Jan. 18, 2018

A finely tuned portrait of the budding, oft-misunderstood cryptocurrency craze. Halpern reviews ...

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This week in immigration news

Posted: Jan. 19, 2018 | Tags: immigration

The Trump administration’s promise to tighten immigration efforts ramped up this week. Here’s a roundup of some of the coverage.

Earlier this month, Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, decided to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for immigrants from El Salvador. Salvadorans and Haitians with TPS have 60 days to re-apply to the program one last time, according to the The Washington Post

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a notice on Thursday giving TPS recipients from El Salvador until March 9, and those from Haiti until March 19, to re-apply. The U.S. Department ...

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Fake news awards and death threats: Being a journalist in the Trump era

Posted: Jan. 18, 2018 | Tags: Newseum


Photo by Kevin Allen

From left, journalists Melinda Henneberger, John Roberts and April Ryan talk about covering the Trump presidency.

Since announcing his run for the presidency in June 2015, Donald Trump has used Twitter to criticize the media at least 1,000 times. He has used the term fake news in nearly 200 Tweets. He has denounced The New York Times, CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC as “the enemy of the American People!”

On Wednesday night, President Trump continued his public condemnation of the press by announcing the 2017 Fake News Awards on Twitter to his 46.8 million ...

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FOIA lawsuits up 26 percent in Trump's first year

Posted: Jan. 18, 2018 | Tags: FOIA, The FOIA Project, Freedom of Information

Nearly a year since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the number of lawsuits filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has hit an all time high — up 26 percent from fiscal year 2016. 

FOIA lawsuits may be filed if a federal agency denies a request for information or fails to respond to a request within 20 working days.  

During fiscal year 2017, which began Oct. 1, 2016, 651 cases were filed, according to a report released Wednesday by The FOIA Project. News media and nonprofit organizations played a significant role in the increase of these ...

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A toast to investigative journalism

Posted: Jan. 10, 2018 | Tags: Charles Lewis


Photo by Christy Carpenter

Joel Simon, left, of the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Charles Lewis at the Golden Globes Sunday.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) will put a $1 million grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association toward the purchase of a permanent headquarters in Washington.

The press association’s awards to the ICIJ and the Committee to Protect Journalists, which also received a $1 million donation, were both announced at the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night in Beverly Hills, California.

Charles Lewis, executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop, founded the ICIJ in 1997 ...

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Apply for summer 2018 internships

Posted: Jan. 4, 2018 | Tags: interns

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The Investigative Reporting Workshop, a nonprofit news organization based at the American University School of Communication in Washington, is looking for smart, engaged college students and recent graduates from around the country for internships in the summer of 2018.

Positions include researchers, data journalists, videographers, graphic designers and web producers. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply. Preferred majors include journalism, communication, film, public policy, public health, history or economics.

The Workshop publishes in-depth stories about government and corporate accountability, on topics ranging widely from the environment and health to national security and the economy. The Workshop pairs students ...

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Recent Posts

Many Facebook users unaware of how to control their newsfeeds, adjust privacy settings

A new Pew Research Center survey finds younger adults more privacy-conscious, and older ones less aware of the control they have of their newsfeeds on Facebook. Many were aware of the Cambridge Analytica data breach.

30,000 across from White House demand 'families belong together'

The Trump administration missed the first of two deadlines to reunite children separated from their parents. The action came after public backlash mounted, and a federal judge issued a nationwide injunction to reunite families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border within 30 days. More than 30,000 people rallied in Washington on June 30 to demand the Trump administration reunite families immediately.

Newspaper circulation plummets — again

Newspaper circulation plummeted again last year, following the trend of decreased distribution since the early 2000s, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Wednesday.

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