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 success, he learned invaluable information about journalism and bulletproofing his stories.
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.
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.
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.
Hanayo Oya, a Fulbright fellow based at the Investigative Reporting Program, has won Japan’s most prestigious film award for her latest documentary, Boy Soldiers: the Secret War in Okinawa (co-directed by Chie Mikami). The award ceremony was held Feb. 10 in Tokyo.
(Photo credit: Haruhi Ichikawa)
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.
IRP Founder Lowell Bergman spoke at Sundance Film Festival for the “Democracy Hacked?” panel Jan. 27 in Park City, Utah.
The IRP and PBS Frontline film Trafficked in America has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Goldsmith Prize. The film, reported by the IRP’s Daffodil Altan, Andrés Cediel, and Abbie VanSickle, investigates labor trafficking at an Ohio egg farm. The prize is awarded by Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center. For more information, please read the press release.
Reveal partners with Investigative Studios, the production arm of the Investigative Reporting Program to explore the deadly crash of a 53E helicopter during a training exercise. You can listen to the episode on Reveal‘s website.
The IRP is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 Investigative Reporting Fellowships. These positions are designed to enable select journalists with a proven ability to tell complex public interest stories to pursue a story for up to one year. To apply, please visit https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF02017.
Read news from Lowell Bergman about developments at the IRP.
Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn? documentary produced by IRP’s Zachary Stauffer and Jason Paladino won the Best Documentary award at the Monarch Film Festival in Monterey this past weekend.
The IRP is signatory to an amicus statement in support of Judge Kelly’s decision to reinstate Jim Acosta’s White House press credential temporarily. The brief is backed by a number of news organizations and press freedom groups.
This week, the Global Investigative Journalism Network and The Chronicle of Philanthropy co-published an article titled “New Models: How Academics, Nonprofit News and Government are Collaborating.” The piece mentions the Investigative Reporting Program as an example of an impactful university-backed nonprofit news program.
The documentary Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?, produced by the IRP’s Zachary Stauffer and associate producer Jason Paladino, won the Gold Audience Favorite Award in the Active Cinema category at the 41st Annual Mill Valley Film Festival.