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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.


Meet the 2016-17 IRP Fellows


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.

IRP Wins Two SPJ Awards for Investigative Reporting


The IRP received two 2015 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists.  “Sea Dragon Down,” the investigation of the Navy’s most crash-prone helicopter, won the award for investigative reporting (network/syndication service/program service)  in the television category. “Rape on the Night Shift” won the investigative reporting (independent) award in the online reporting category. The film was a collaboration with the IRP, PBS Frontline, Univision, Reveal at The Center for Investigative Reporting, and KQED.


IRP Documentary “Rape on the Night Shift” Wins IRE Award


“Rape on the Night Shift” — a collaborative documentary by the IRP, PBS Frontline, Univision, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED — has won a broadcast/video award from the nonprofit Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. The film investigated the sexual abuse of women who work as janitors.


Logan Symposium Celebrates Investigative Reporting


USA Today’s Rem Rieder reports on the 10th annual Reva & David Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting at UC Berkeley, describing an upbeat mood that underscored “the enduring power of investigative reporting.” More than 300 journalists attended the three-day invitation-only event (April 1-3, 2016), which is hosted by the IRP.


Former IRP Fellow Wins Journalism Award For Foster Care Investigation


IRP Fellow Brian Joseph (2014-15) receives first place (public health reporting, small) in the Association of Healthcare Journalists’ Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism for his piece “The Brief Life and Private Death of Alexandria Hill.” The 18-month investigation examined the human consequences of foster care privatization and was published in Mother Jones in collaboration with the IRP.




IRP Accepting Applications for Managing Editor/Adjunct Professor Position

The Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley seeks applications for a managing editor/adjunct professor at the assistant or associate rank in the area of investigative reporting, at full-time, with an expected start date of May 1, 2016. The incumbent will engage in substantial professional work and hold responsibility similar to managing editor for IRP projects. He or she will oversee and direct the day-to-day editorial operations of IRP reporting projects, approving or denying pitched stories, determining how stories are reported, setting deadlines, editing articles and scripts, and working with collaborators and other media outlets. The incumbent will teach or co-teach related courses in investigative reporting, including but not limited to Investigative reporting seminars. For more information about the position and to apply, go here.


Apply for 2016-17 IRP Fellowship

The Investigative Reporting Program is hiring 2-3 full-time fellows in investigative reporting.  This one-year academic appointment will begin on August 26, 2016.  Fellows’ findings will be published or broadcast for general circulation. Fellows will be provided with a full-time annual salary of $56,808, office space, and up to $10,000 in funds for approved travel. Apply here by Feb. 19, 2016.

Janitorial Company Featured in IRP Documentary Agrees to Review of Sexual Abuse Claims

ABM, the nation’s largest janitorial company, has agreed to an outside review of rape claims made by its female janitors in California. ABM was featured prominently in Rape on the Night Shift, a recent investigation into sexual abuse in the janitorial industry by the IRP, Reveal, KQED, Univision and FRONTLINE.


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