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.
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. (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.