Articles about "Investigative journalism"

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Small paper’s ongoing investigation into local police leads to suspensions, resignations

The Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger has delivered almost daily installments this summer of a story of law enforcement dysfunction that seems more like a script for Reno 911 than a scandal plaguing a modern-day police department.

Five officers have resigned or … Read more


How to overcome your fear of FOIAs

For many journalists, FOIA is a scary four-letter acronym, sometimes stifling investigations before they even begin. This guide aims to demystify Freedom of Information Act processes, giving you the tools and confidence to ask for the information you need to … Read more


Wisconsin’s government has other ties to journalism orgs

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The state budget bill that would kick the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism off the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is on Gov. Scott Walker's desk. Legislators objected to a journalism nonprofit receiving office space in a state building.

Jack Craver asks: So how's that different from news organizations getting office space at the state Capitol? (more...)
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Seattle Times asks readers to help with a mystery

The Seattle Times Seattle-based Social Security Administration investigator Joe Velling is trying to untangle the case of Lori Ruff, who killed herself in Texas in late 2010. She left behind a box that showed she'd stolen the identity of a child who died in a fire in Fife, Wash., then changed her name legally. The paper has put photos of clues to Ruff's identity online and asked readers for clues. "So far, we've gotten a lot of response, but they haven't cracked the case yet," reporter Maureen O'Hagan wrote in an email to Poynter. (more...)
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Portland Press Herald investigation leads governor to issue gag order

Colin Woodard received several tips last year about “a reign of terror” on the staff of Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection.

As he looked into the tips, Woodard began unraveling a twisted truth: Patricia Aho, Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection … Read more

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Talk-show host: Wisconsin Watch move should ‘appall those of us in the conservative media’

WTMJ | Associated Press | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | CJR | A Wisconsin legislative committee's motion to kick the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism off the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison "combines some of the worst aspects of the IRS and DOJ scandals," Milwaukee radio talk-show host Charlie Sykes writes, "using government to punish those perceived as political enemies combined with a clear assault on the free press. ... The move should especially appall those of us in the conservative media." Republican state senator Dale Schultz called the action "petty," the Associated Press reports. The committee's vote was "12-4 along party lines, with Republicans in the majority," Karen Herzog reports in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. (more...)

New Yorker introduces Aaron Swartz-developed privacy tool Strongbox

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The New Yorker on Tuesday introduced its new, anonymous electronic tip tool Strongbox, coincidentally on the heels of renewed concerns over privacy for journalists' sources following revelations of Department of Justice surveillance of AP staffers (which The Washington Post's Timothy B. Lee notes is "likely perfectly legal")

The Strongbox site ostensibly allows people to submit letters, documents, emails or any other files to the New Yorker anonymously. It was developed in conjunction with Wired investigations editor Kevin Poulsen and the late Web activist and developer Aaron Swartz, who hanged himself in January after facing charges of wire fraud and computer fraud. Poulsen, whose publication also is owned by New Yorker parent Conde Nast, wrote about Swartz's involvement, and why Strongbox was a necessity.

There’s a growing technology gap: phone records, e-mail, computer forensics, and outright hacking are valuable weapons for anyone looking to identify a journalist’s source. With some exceptions, the press has done little to keep pace: our information-security efforts tend to gravitate toward the parts of our infrastructure that accept credit cards.
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Tips for investigating a story like Cleveland’s missing women

How do you dig up information in a story like the one unfolding in Cleveland when all you know is three women missing for nearly a decade suddenly escaped their captors? When the story broke, government offices were closed, the … Read more


Subscription-based journalism site forces French politician to resign

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The resignation last week of French President Francois Hollande's budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac over allegations of tax fraud has been shining a spotlight on one model of online investigative journalism. Mediapart, a French website founded  five years ago by a pair of veteran journalists from newspaper Le Monde, now has another feather in its cap for breaking (and sticking with) the Cahuzac scandal, and has a subscriber base that proves online journalism can work.

Co-founders Laurent Mauduit and Edwy Plenel are celebrating the latest victory for Mediapart, which first gained fame for exposing Nicolas Sarkozy's campaign finance scandal in 2010. Both during that investigation and the Cahuzac story, politicians, readers and other members of the media questioned the site's allegations.

"Not only did Cahuzac lie but we were also belittled by our colleagues, who told us this was nonsense,” Mauduit told Time's Vivienne Walt. French National Center for Scientific Research sociologist and media specialist Jean-Marie Charon notes that skepticism is a product of French culture, which largely mistrusts the media. (more...)

Washington Post hires fourth Ford-funded investigative reporter

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John Sullivan, who helped lead a Philadelphia Inquirer team to a Pulitzer Prize with an examination of violence in Philadelphia schools, will join both The Washington Post and American University in May.

Sullivan's position at the Post will be underwritten by a half-million-dollar grant the Ford Foundation announced last summer it would give the Post for government-accountability reporting. The Post hired Mike Sallah from the Miami Herald, Kimbriell Kelly from the Chicago Reporter and Amy Brittain from the Newark Star Ledger with some of that cash last year.

Sullivan, who left the Inquirer in 2011 to become a faculty member at Medill, will also teach investigative reporting at American University.