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Donate to Gabriel’s Fund

The IRP has established a reporting fund in memory of eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez, who was beaten to death by his mother and her boyfriend in Palmdale, California after months of torture. His murder was the subject of the Netflix docuseries ‘The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez,” which is based on in-depth reporting by the IRP’s Garrett Therolf. 

Money raised will support continued reporting on vulnerable children, led by Therolf.

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IRP/Berkeley Journalism launches COVID-19 California reporting initiative with The New York Times

With the country in the grips of a devastating pandemic, the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley has joined forces with The New York Times to help meet the need for comprehensive reporting on how this crisis is affecting California.

Under the leadership of the School’s Investigative Reporting Program, more than 80 students and nearly 20 journalism instructors have been organized into small reporting teams to cover how the novel coronavirus is impacting each of California’s 58 counties. The teams are producing stories that will run in either the main edition of The Times or in its five-day-a-week newsletter, California Today, which reaches several hundred thousand readers. 

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2020-21 IRP Fellowship program suspended

UPDATE 4/6/20: The fellowship program is suspended due to a campus-wide hiring freeze. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We’ve begun accepting applications for the 2020-21 IRP Fellowships. We’re hiring 2-3 full-time fellows in investigative reporting. These positions are designed to enable select 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, office space and editorial guidance, the assistance of graduate student researchers and up to $10,000 for approved expenses.

 

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Geeta Anand named director of IRP

Geeta Anand, acting professor of reporting at the Graduate School of Journalism, has been named director of the School’s Investigative Reporting Program (IRP).  Prof. Anand had been serving as interim director since July under Prof. David Barstow, who leads the IRP as the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism.

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Award-winning filmmaker reflects on IRP documentary workshop

Yoav Potash, director of the award-winning documentary Crime After Crime, wrote in Videomaker magazine about his decision to take the IRP’s Professional Workshop for Independent Filmmakers and how it helped him improve his investigative skills. Potash writes that even after his previous successhe learned invaluable information about journalism and bulletproofing his stories.

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How a Top Cop Went From Hero to Federal Prison

The second-highest ranking officer in one of the largest police departments in California went to  prison last year, convicted of conspiring to deal heroin and marijuana. It’s one of the biggest police corruption scandals in modern state history. Robert Lewis, the lead reporter for the IRP’s California Corruption Project with KQED, reports on the story in a special episode of the California Report Magazine.

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Former Trump associate Felix Sater speaks to the IRP

Felix Sater, a former business partner of President Donald Trump who – along with Michael Cohen – tried to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, spoke at Lowell Bergman’s seminar in September. He is scheduled to testify for the first time in open session before the House Intelligence Committee on March 27. You can watch the video of Sater’s appearance at the IRP and learn more on the Investigative Studios website.

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California Reporting Project Includes IRP

The California Reporting Project, a coalition of more than 30 news organizations, has formed to request and report on previously secret records of police misconduct and deadly use of force. The group—including the IRP, KQED, the Bay Area News Group, KPCC, Capital Public Radio and the Los Angeles Times—is investigating records obtained under the state’s new police transparency law. To learn more, you can read the full story on KQED’s website and view a timeline that shows everything published to date, including stories researched by Graduate School of Journalism students.

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John Temple Presents and Judges at Press Mega-Conference

IRP Director John Temple is presenting and speaking at the Key Executives Mega-Conference in Las Vegas. The event is the only major newspaper conference scheduled in 2019. Temple was part of a three-judge panel that evaluated newspaper innovation. He also is leading a roundtable on the future of investigative reporting at the event. For more information, please visit the Mega-Conference website.

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