OUR PROJECTS


In keeping with our missionThe Reporters, Inc. is dedicated to promoting social awareness and encouraging social change through powerful independent documentary storytelling. The projects we undertake focus on subjects that are often ignored, overlooked, or misrepresented by other media. We then utilize innovative, creative and unexpected approaches in our storytelling styles. Below, you can read about our past, present and future.

IN DEVELOPMENT | IN PRODUCTION | PAST PROJECTS

IN PRODUCTION


The Innocent Convicts


Some legal experts estimate as many as one out of every ten people currently behind bars in the U.S. has been wrongfully convicted. We investigate cases throughout the U.S. to explain the various ways these convictions occur, and explore ways to help bring justice to “The Innocent Convicts.”

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The Queens


When the lights dim, and the curtains part, there are often audible gasps in the audience. The Queens never fail to mesmerize. They’re gorgeous, mysterious, and infinitely entertaining. But the secrets and the scandals inside the longest-running female impersonation club in the nation, and behind the scenes of the most prestigious female impersonation beauty pageant in the nation, are even more fascinating.

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Reaching for the Rainbow


Half a century has passed since the civil rights era began in the United States, forever changing the way black Americans live. Across the globe, in South Africa, almost two decades have passed since the end of apartheid. Yet in both countries, racism still flourishes today. How similar are the struggles for equality in both these lands? The Reporters Inc. journeys to South Africa and uncovers some troubling truths.

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IN DEVELOPMENT


Drunktrotting: A Global Quest to Stop Drinking and Driving


Sure, gone are the crazy, cavalier days when Mom and Pop plopped unbuckled kids into the car and drove to the drive-in, beers in hand. And yes, we’ve seen great strides in the last three decades, with the number of drunk driving incidents in the U.S. decreasing yearly. But it’s still an enormous problem. Are we stuck in neutral in our efforts to drive drunks off the road for good?

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The Experiment in Black and White


One House. One week. Five Black. Five White. Would YOU be able to handle it? The Reporters Inc. hopes to re-envision this groundbreaking, national Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award-winning race relations project.

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Experiment: Gay and Straight


For every stride forward made by gays and lesbians in their quest for equality (the growing number of states passing new gay marriage laws, for example), there always seem to be a few steps backwards (the number of states passing laws defining marriage as an act allowable only for members of the opposite sex, for example). As a result, The Reporters Inc. believes it’s time to give Experiment: Gay and Straight  (originally produced in 2002) a reboot, with a new group of participants ready and willing to debate all of today’s hot-button issues involving human sexuality and human rights.

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PAST PROJECTS


The Experiment in Black and White (2001)


We called it “reality TV with a purpose.” We sequestered
Chicago-area residents inside a home in an attempt to deal
head-on with the always-controversial issue of race relations in one
of the country’s most segregated cities. The documentary combines
traditional journalism with reality TV techniques popularized in
series such as “The Real World” and “Big Brother.” The results are
provocative, explosive, and ultimately enlightening as the
participants throw out all notions of being “politically correct” in
order to come to a true understanding of one another.

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Experiment: Gay and Straight (2003)


Following the enormous critical success of The Experiment in Black and White, its creators were eager to utilize the format to bring understanding and enlightenment to other people and issues. Experiment: Gay and Straight was a logical follow-up. This time around, five homosexual and five heterosexual Chicagoans took up residence for a week together; the resulting debates, drama, bonding, and resolution proved to be as compelling and intriguing as the original Experiment. This documentary was ultimately shown in 22 international film festivals, garnering several jury and audience prizes.

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