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Flint Offers a New Model for Accountability

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Blog Posts | Comments Off on Flint Offers a New Model for Accountability

A couple of weeks ago, the task force Michigan governor Rick Snyder appointed to investigate Flint’s now infamous water crisis issued its long-awaited report. The findings detailed failures in multiple government agencies to address high levels of lead, a neurotoxin, in the city’s water. To cut costs, in the spring of 2014 Flint’s state-appointed emergency manager had switched the city’s water supply from Detroit’s system to the more polluted Flint river and kept it there, despite community protests, for 18 months. Calling the crisis “a clear case of environmental injustice,” the task force issued 44 recommendations that will cost millions to implement. The long-term damage to many Flint children is irreversible. The hidden success story in this disheartening tale of denial and indifference was the collaboration of an ad hoc coalition of journalists, citizens, and academics whose combined efforts finally compelled the state of Michigan to act. “Without their courage and persistence,” the report noted, “this crisis likely never would have been brought to light and mitigation efforts never begun.” Read more at Huffington...

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How to Turn Science into Great Investigative Journalism

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Blog Posts | Comments Off on How to Turn Science into Great Investigative Journalism

Many science writers are curious about investigative journalism, but unsure how to proceed. At the recent Professional Development Day of the DC Science Writers Association, the largest regional gathering of science writers in the country, a panel of award-winning  journalists and investigators discussed how to identify, pitch and develop science-themed investigations for general audiences. Read more at investigativereportingworkshop.org

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New Film to Portray Investigations of Iraq War

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Blog Posts | Comments Off on New Film to Portray Investigations of Iraq War

This is Hollywood’s golden age for investigative journalism. On the heels of “Spotlight’s” Oscar triumphs, “Shock and Awe,” a similarly themed movie to be directed by Rob Reiner, is scheduled to go into production later this year. The film, written by Joey Hartstone, who is also the screenwriter for Reiner’s upcoming film “LBJ,” tells the tale of the Knight Ridder team that got the story of Saddam’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction right in the run-up to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, when just about everyone else got it wrong. Read more at...

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South Bronx Mom Who Collects Data on Policing is Invited to the White House (featured on investigativereportingworkshop.org)

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Blog Posts | Comments Off on South Bronx Mom Who Collects Data on Policing is Invited to the White House (featured on investigativereportingworkshop.org)

Earlier this fall, I was invited to attend an extraordinary meeting at the White House. “Open Science and Innovation: Of the People, By the People, For the People” was the coming together of an effort that has been percolating in the federal government for the past couple of years, to engage more citizens in creating and using government data through citizen science and crowdsourcing. Read more at...

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Combating Seafood Fraud  Requires Interdisciplinary Approaches  (featured on investigativereportingworkshop.org)

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Blog Posts | Comments Off on Combating Seafood Fraud  Requires Interdisciplinary Approaches  (featured on investigativereportingworkshop.org)

  One of the things we do at the Investigative Reporting Workshop is explore how different academic disciplines can enrich and inform investigative journalism. A talk this week on seafood fraud sponsored by AU’s interdisciplinary ECOllaborative provides a case in point. Read more at investigativereportingworkshop.org  

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What Pluto Tells Us About Journalism (featured at investigativereportingworkshop.org

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Blog Posts, Homepage Blogs | Comments Off on What Pluto Tells Us About Journalism (featured at investigativereportingworkshop.org

When NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sent back its first crisp images of Pluto last week, the culmination of a 3-billion mile, 9 1/2-year journey filled with cliffhangers and near disasters, you didn’t need to be a scientist to feel the exhilaration of discovering what was, until then, a dark and blurry corner of the solar system. Given my interests within research and media, I also thought about the lessons for journalism. Read more at investigativereportingworkshop.org

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