About

The Georgia News Lab is a collaborative investigative reporting initiative.  It is a partnership between Georgia State University, the University of Georgia, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV.  The Lab’s goals are to train young investigative reporters, produce high-quality public service news stories, and bring added diversity to newsrooms.  Through this collaboration, university educators and professional journalists train students as real-world watchdog reporters.  Students from participating schools receive practical, hands-on training, learning to use documents, databases, digital tools and interviews to conduct in-depth investigations of powerful people and institutions.  They meet with investigative reporters, government experts, data specialists, multimedia journalists, videographers and other professionals to learn specialized reporting methods and techniques for delivering their stories across platforms.  Through this intensive year-long process, the Georgia News Lab hopes to foster a new cohort of investigative journalists who can contribute to their communities by producing in-depth, multimedia reports on issues of significant public interest.

All Georgia News Lab projects are strictly non-partisan.  We make every effort to ensure that projects meet the highest standards of fairness and accuracy.  To guide our practices, the News Lab embraces the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Transparency Policy

The Georgia News Lab is committed to operating in a fully open and transparent manner.  Although it is a partnership between several organizations, the News Lab operates under the auspices of Georgia State University, a tax-exempt entity under Section 115 of the Internal Revenue Code.  Donations to the News Lab are held by the Georgia State University Research Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  In addition to information contained in the GSU budget and GSURF tax filings (IRS Form 990s), the News Lab will independently disclose information about its finances.

We will accept grants from private foundations and individuals.  In limited circumstances, we may accept grants from corporations or in-kind corporate contributions of data or equipment.  Funders will have no role in our editorial decisions.  We will not accept contributions from political organizations, advocacy groups or labor unions.  We will disclose all outside contributions of more than $5,000 on our website.

Funding

The News Lab has received funding from the following:

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

  • The Online News Association Challenge Fund, $35,000.  The Fund is administered by the Online News Association with support from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund, and the Rita Allen Foundation.
  • The Gannett Foundation, Media Grant, $5,000.

News Lab Personnel

Director 

David Armstrong, Lecturer/Journalist in Residence, Communication Department, Georgia State University

Reporters 2015-16:

  • Isaiah Avent, (Morehouse College)
  • Adhiti Bandlamundi (University of Georgia)
  • Lauren Booker (Georgia State University)
  • Gabe Cavallaro (University of Georgia)
  • Adjoa Danso (Georgia State University, graduate student)
  • Allie Dean (University of Georgia)
  • Jerrel Floyd (Morehouse College)
  • Ciara Frisbie (Georgia State University)
  • Becca Godwin (Georgia State University, graduate student)
  • Miranda Hawkins (Georgia State University)
  • Izzi Hughes (Emory University)
  • Leighton Rowell (University of Georgia)

Graduate Teaching Assistants 2015-16

  • Anet Frasto
  • Erin Gloster
  • Becca Godwin
  • Morgan Spann

Reporters 

Fall 2014:

  • Harmeet Kaur Bhagrath (Emory University)
  • Anne Carlson (University of Georgia)
  • Taylor Carpenter (University of Georgia)
  • Adam Chaves (Georgia State University)
  • Stephen Michael Fowler (Emory University)
  • Ciara Frisbie (Georgia State University)
  • Artrell Knight (Clark Atlanta University)
  • Alex Kugaczewski (Georgia State University)
  • Jared Loggins (Morehouse College)
  • Jillian Wade (Clark Atlanta University)

Spring 2015:

  • Harmeet Kaur Bhagrath (Emory University)
  • Anne Carlson (University of Georgia)
  • Taylor Carpenter (University of Georgia)
  • Adam Chaves (Georgia State University)
  • Stephen Michael Fowler (Emory University)
  • Ciara Frisbie (Georgia State University)
  • Jane Hammond (Mercer University)
  • Leah Jordan (Georgia State University)
  • Jared Loggins (Morehouse College)
  • Jillian Wade (Clark Atlanta University)