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.
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.
California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez announced at a rally outside the Capitol that she is working on a bill that would increase protections for female janitors. She cited the IRP documentary “Rape on the Night Shift” for inspiring her to improve conditions for women who are subject to abuse while cleaning buildings alone at night.
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
IRP fellow Jason Paladino wins SPJ – NorCal 2016 James Madison Freedom of Information Award Student Award
IRP fellow Jason Paladino wins the Society of Professional Journalists – NorCal 2016 James Madison Freedom of Information Award Student Award for his investigation into the Navy’s Sea Dragon program.
The IRP’s new production company, IRP, Inc., has been selected as one of 19 recipients of a documentary film grant from the MacArthur Foundation.
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.
IRP Fellows Jason Paladino and Mike Hixenbaugh have been awarded the Investigative Reporting Grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ).
The FIJ grant will help Jason and Mike travel to Bahrain to continue their reporting on the Navy’s MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter and mine countermeasures fleet.