IRP Founder and University of Wisconsin alum, Lowell Bergman, returned to his alma matter as a speaker on two panels titled “The Legacy of George Mosse” and “The State of the 4th Estate” for UW’s Memorial Union Conference on Madison in the 60s.
The Investigative Reporting Program has announced its 2018-19 fellows. They are journalist Susannah Breslin, who will receive the Lawrence Grauman, Jr. Fellowship; Débora Souza Silva, a 2014 School of Journalism alum and a documentary filmmaker; and The Bell founder Elizaveta Osetinskaya, an award-winning investigative reporter and editor.
NPR’s Latino USA interviewed the IRP’s Daffodil Altan about the almost 1,500 unaccounted for immigrant children, an issue that was central to her documentary “Trafficked in America.”
Brett Murphy, J-School alum and former IRP student, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting. His series “Rigged” investigated the exploitation of California port truck drivers.
Former J-school student, Brett Murphy, won the The Headliners Award, Sidney Award and Gannett’s Public Service Award for his USA TODAY series “Rigged,” which exposed the ongoing exploitation of California port truck drivers. Murphy names the advisors who helped shape the idea into a story as Lowell Bergman, IRP’s founder, and School of Journalism Professor Koci Hernandez. Former IRP staffers Tim McGirk and Abbie VanSickle also provided hands-on editing to help craft early drafts that later became the pitch to USA TODAY.
The IRP’s Trafficked in America, premiering Tuesday, April 24, on PBS Frontline, investigates how teenagers from Central America were smuggled into the U.S. by traffickers who promised them jobs and a better life — only to force them to live and work in virtual slavery to pay off their debt.
The eight-part documentary series explores the crisis in Flint, Michigan, through the lens of a crumbling police force that is losing community support as they try to tackle the issues the city faces. IRP fellow Brian Dawson worked on the project as a camera operator. The series premiered on March 2, 2018. Watch the trailer.
IRP Fellow Elzaveta Osetinskaya’s online news outlet, The Bell, has launched a weekly English-language newsletter. The Bell is dedicated to providing independent reporting about Russia. The newsletter provides English speakers with a weekly digest of the major stories they need to understand Russian issues.
On January 16, PBS will air an updated version of the Investigative Reporting Program’s documentary, Rape on the Night Shift. The film, which was developed as part of a groundbreaking 2015 investigation partnership between the IRP, Frontline, Univision, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, and KQED radio, reveals sexual harassment and abuse again women in the janitorial industry.
IRP filmmakers Daffodil Altan and Andrés Cediel have been awarded a grant from the International Documentary Association (IDA) to support the development of their film Slaves Among Us. The IDA selected 11 feature-length documentary films to receive a total of $850,000 as the inaugural grantees of its Enterprise Documentary Fund.
Slaves Among Us exposes the conditions under which men, women, and children are kept in servitude by criminal bosses and the companies that turn a blind eye to–and benefit from–their plight. It is planned for release in 2018. To learn more about the IDA’s grant, please read their press release.
The Investigative Reporting Program is now accepting applications for yearlong fellowships in investigative reporting for 2018-19. Interested individuals should apply by visiting https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01572.
This program enables journalists with a proven ability to tell complex stories in the public interest to pursue a story for one year by providing them with a salary, benefits, editorial guidance, and a $10,000 travel stipend. The fellowships are open to all working investigative journalists.
John Temple, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and journalism innovator, has become the new director of the Investigative Reporting Program.
Temple joined the IRP in 2016 as managing editor and during the past year worked with its founder, Lowell Bergman, to position the organization to thrive in coming years.
UC Berkeley chancellor designate announces agreement with new nonprofit, Investigative Reporting Productions, Inc., saying it will extend university’s public mission. IRP director reveals that production company has first look deal with Amazon Prime Video.
Thank you to everyone who applied for the IRP’s 2017-18 fellowship. The deadline to apply has passed. The new fellows will be announced in the next few months. Check back here for details.
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.