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.
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.