Why We Invested
Investigative journalism plays a crucial role in our political system by holding the powerful accountable and informing the public. In response to the current challenges facing American democracy, the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University seeks to inform public conversation and policy debate by connecting investigations to a broad public audience across print, web, television, film, and radio. Investigative Reporting Workshop exposés have prompted federal investigations, new Congressional legislative initiatives, and federal law. The Workshop strives to produce technologically innovative multimedia projects about critical issues by exploring new models for delivery while training students in reporting techniques and strategies.
In partnership with First Look Media, this grant provides general operating support to the Workshop to deepen their model of accountability reporting which combines students and professional journalists in the highest journalistic standards and collaboration with longstanding newsrooms.