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.
IRP Accepting Applications for Managing Editor/Adjunct Professor Position
IRP fellow Jason Paladino wins SPJ – NorCal 2016 James Madison Freedom of Information Award Student Award
IRP fellow Jason Paladino wins the Society of Professional Journalists – NorCal 2016 James Madison Freedom of Information Award Student Award for his investigation into the Navy’s Sea Dragon program.
The IRP’s new production company, IRP, Inc., has been selected as one of 19 recipients of a documentary film grant from the MacArthur Foundation.
The Investigative Reporting Program is hiring 2-3 full-time fellows in investigative reporting. This one-year academic appointment will begin on August 26, 2016. Fellows’ findings will be published or broadcast for general circulation. Fellows will be provided with a full-time annual salary of $56,808, office space, and up to $10,000 in funds for approved travel. Apply here by Feb. 19, 2016.
Janitorial Company Featured in IRP Documentary Agrees to Review of Sexual Abuse Claims
ABM, the nation’s largest janitorial company, has agreed to an outside review of rape claims made by its female janitors in California. ABM was featured prominently in Rape on the Night Shift, a recent investigation into sexual abuse in the janitorial industry by the IRP, Reveal, KQED, Univision and FRONTLINE.
IRP Fellows Jason Paladino and Mike Hixenbaugh have been awarded the Investigative Reporting Grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ).
The FIJ grant will help Jason and Mike travel to Bahrain to continue their reporting on the Navy’s MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter and mine countermeasures fleet.
Daffodil Altan is an Emmy-nominated journalist and documentary film producer who joined the IRP on Nov. 1. Previously she was a producer at the Center for Investigative Reporting, where her reporting on teen solitary confinement at Rikers Island was part of a wave of renewed coverage that led to reforms for teens at the New York City jail.
IRP producer Daffodil Altan accepts a 2015 Excellence in Journalism Award for the IRP’s “Rape on the Night Shift” documentary from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter.
Center for Latin American Studies Director Harley Shaiken moderates a discussion with Lowell Bergman, Andrés Cediel, and Daffodil Altan after screening of the documentary “Rape on the Night Shift” at the Berkeley Law School.
Lowell Bergman, director of the IRP, talks about self-censorship and the future of investigative reporting at the inaugural Investigative Film Festival in Washington, DC on Oct. 1-2, 2015.
Former IRP Fellow Jonathan Jones receives an Emmy Award for outstanding journalism-long form for his work on the PBS Frontline/ProPublica documentary “Firestone and the Warlord,” an investigation into the relationship between the tire company and the Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. Jones began research on this topic during his 2008-09 fellowship.