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ProPublica

Andrew Ford

4 June 2020

New Jersey, United States

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Citizen watchdogs can hold local police accountable by using the tactics of investigative reporters that have successfully exposed systemic problems and sparked reforms. One reporter shares five approaches he’s used t...

The Trace

Champe Barton

8 January 2020

United States

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The ALICE Training Institute provides active-shooter training for schools around the United States. The organization’s website says that 18 schools have had success using its protocol, and yet an investigation by The ...

Poynter

Barbara Allen

8 November 2019

Austin, Texas, United States

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Non-partisan, watchdog journalism has formed a financially healthy platform for Texas Tribune in its first decade, filling a public-interest gap left by shrinkage in the number of statehouse reporters from 95 in 1989 ...

Poynter

Megan Janetsky

6 November 2019

Colombia

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La Liga Contra El Silencio is an alliance of 16 news organizations and hundreds of journalists in Colombia. It protects journalists against threats, which have the effect of censoring reporting on certain topics. La L...

DataJournalism.com

Brent Walth

27 June 2019

United States

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Fact-based, data-driven, and solution-oriented journalism can shift the media paradigm from asking “what” to asking “how.” Solutions journalism, known also as constructive journalism in Europe, focuses on data and evi...

Columbia Journalism Review

Tony Biasotti

27 March 2019

California, United States

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When a new California law unlocked the disciplinary records on misconduct from 700 police agencies statewide, competing news organizations formed the California Reporting Project to accomplish as a team what would hav...

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Andrew Conte

23 July 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Through collaboration, media outlets can cover important issues with depth and diversity as well as reach a wide audience. In Philadelphia, 19 newspaper and radio outlets collaborated to cover poverty in Philadelphia ...

Wired

Emily Dreyfuss

25 June 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Using their research skills to obtain public information, a group of librarians created an interactive map showing the location of ICE offices and juvenile detention facilities. They also created a toolkit to assist d...

The New York Times

Nellie Bowles

15 April 2018

United States

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In order to address shrinking newsrooms across the country as well as diminishing opportunities for journalists to learn the tools of reporting, the Report For America program was created. Modeled on AmeriCorps, the p...

Columbia Journalism Review

Jack Crosbie

21 March 2018

United States

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As America’s war in Afghanistan reaches 17 years, the war in Iraq reaches 15 years, and military action continues in other parts of the world there is a need for reporting on these conflicts that is informed, independ...

WEWS-TV

Rob Powers

22 December 2016

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Faced with abysmal customer service during a spate of incorrect, excessive usage bills from Cleveland's municipal water department, residents turned their attention to the nation's top-ranked utility, Miami-Dade Water...

Columbia Journalism Review

Judith Matloff

21 October 2016

United States

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Founded in 2012, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project commissions, edits, and places articles, films, photojournalism and other reportage focused on inequality. EHRP’s articles not only humanize issues of inequalit...

ProPublica

Julia Angwin

Jeff Larson

23 May 2016

United States

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Risk assessments are supposed to make the criminal justice system better by predicting which defendants are likely to commit new crimes. Defendant scores are given to judges during criminal sentencing in nine states, ...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

22 December 2013

High Point, North Carolina, United States

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Areas of High Point, North Carolina have suffered from crime, poverty, and neglect, until the city began implementing Operation Ceasefire, a policing program that uses data collecting, community support against crime....

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