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Gathering and disseminating information in new and old media. These stories center on ways of storing, organizing, and sharing data and information, ranging from libraries and radio to social media and citizen journalism. Also included is the tech side: Applications software, telecommunications, and computer security.

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How a project is training incarcerated people to become journalists

Poynter

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In its first year, the Prison Journalism Project published hundreds of articles by more than 140 incarcerated writers in 28 states. The project provides journalism-skills training and then a platform for the work of incarcerated journalists. This delivers news and viewpoints that otherwise would ...

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How 60 reporters from 25 media outlets in 18 countries are finishing the work of murdered journalists

Poynter

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The Cartel Project, a collaboration of 60 journalists from 25 news organizations in 18 countries, produced a five-part series on the murder of Mexican journalist Regina Martinez and on the subjects that her killers attempted to silence: particulars about drug trafficking and political corruption....

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Is There a Better Way to Collect Data on Homelessness?

Bloomberg

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A campaign to end housing instability is counting on frequent data collection to provide a clearer insight into the reality and needs of those living on the streets. “Built for Zero” aims to replace the current federal HUD model which consists of a single annual physical count of the unhoused. Th...

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Zoom Funerals, Outdoor Classes: Jails and Prisons Evolve Amid the Pandemic

The Marshall Project

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When the pandemic forced jails and prisons to ban educational classes and cut off visits between outsiders and their loved ones behind bars, some jailers opened their facilities to remote-learning and -visiting tools. The result is a boom in the use of video conferencing for literacy classes, voc...

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How Open Source Experts Identified the US Capitol Rioters

Global Investigative Journalism Network

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Digital sleuths preserved a trove of evidence from the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by acting quickly to "scrape" and archive videos, images, and other data from social media. Investigative journalists from Bellingcat, the Toronto-based Citizen Lab, and Czech data archive Intellige...

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How Californians are resorting to crowdsourcing to get their Covid-19 vaccine

Vox

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Residents of California are working together to crowdsource where COVID-19 vaccinations are being offered, and who they're being offered to. While the state has failed to implement a transparent dissemination strategy, 70 volunteers joined forces to create a spreadsheet that keeps track of what c...

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