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IRP Director Lowell Bergman talks about researching and filming the 2007 documentary “Murder, Money & Mexico” at Balas & Baladas, a journalism conference in Mexico City on Oct. 10.
IRP managing editor John Temple discusses the challenges of digital news design at the Poynter Digital Design Challenge in New York City on Oct. 17-18, 2016.
Bill inspired by IRP documentary becomes law
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that increases workplace protections against sexual assault and harassment. The bill was introduced in response to “Rape on the Night Shift,” a collaborative documentary by the IRP, PBS Frontline, Univision, Reveal at The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED, which investigated the sexual abuse of female janitors who often work alone late at night. (Photo credit: Silvia Flores/Fresno Bee)
The IRP and Common Sense News are partnering to produce investigative stories that focus on children, education and poverty. As part of the partnership, the two organizations have jointly hired reporter Garrett Therolf.
The Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism has named veteran journalist John Temple as its new managing editor. In his role, Temple will oversee all editorial projects at the IRP, which produces in-depth documentaries and investigative stories for major media outlets.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, introduced the bill in response to Rape on the Night Shift, a collaboration among Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, KQED, FRONTLINE and Univision. The project documented how female immigrant janitors are vulnerable targets of sexual violence because they tend to work in isolation and face a number of barriers to reporting the crime.
MacArthur Expands its Commitment to Journalism and Media
The Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation. The IRP is one of 12 journalism grantees receiving unrestricted, five-year general operating grants as part of the foundation’s commitment to accountability and explanatory reporting.
IRP Fellows named finalists for 2016 Livingston Awards
IRP Fellows Mike Hixenbaugh and Jason Paladino were named finalists for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for their story, “Sea Dragon Down.
Filmmaker Maggie Bowman and photojournalist Andrew Burton will be joining the IRP in late August as the 2016-17 post-graduate fellows. Bowman was the series producer for the award-winning “Hard Earned,” a six-hour series on low-wage workers. Burton is a documentary photographer with a focus on news, conflict and environmental issues.
IRP Wins Two SPJ Awards for Investigative Reporting
The IRP received two 2015 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists. “Sea Dragon Down,” the investigation of the Navy’s most crash-prone helicopter, won the award for investigative reporting (network/syndication service/program service) in the television category. “Rape on the Night Shift” won the investigative reporting (independent) award in the online reporting category. The film investigated the sexual abuse of women who work as janitors and was a collaboration with the IRP, PBS Frontline, Univision, Reveal at The Center for Investigative Reporting, and KQED.
IRP Documentary “Rape on the Night Shift” Wins IRE Award
“Rape on the Night Shift” — a collaborative documentary by the IRP, PBS Frontline, Univision, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED — has won a broadcast/video award from the nonprofit Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. The film investigated the sexual abuse of women who work as janitors.
Logan Symposium Celebrates Investigative Reporting
USA Today’s Rem Rieder reports on the 10th annual Reva & David Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting at UC Berkeley, describing an upbeat mood that underscored “the enduring power of investigative reporting.” More than 300 journalists attended the three-day invitation-only event (April 1-3, 2016), which is hosted by the IRP.
California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez announced at a rally outside the Capitol that she is working on a bill that would increase protections for female janitors. She cited the IRP documentary “Rape on the Night Shift” for inspiring her to improve conditions for women who are subject to abuse while cleaning buildings alone at night.
Former IRP Fellow Wins Journalism Award For Foster Care Investigation
IRP Fellow Brian Joseph (2014-15) receives first place (public health reporting, small) in the Association of Healthcare Journalists’ Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism for his piece “The Brief Life and Private Death of Alexandria Hill.” The 18-month investigation examined the human consequences of foster care privatization and was published in Mother Jones in collaboration with the IRP.