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Running into a brick wall with your FOIA request? Take it public

When I’m having trouble getting public records from a government agency, I’ll often turn to my colleagues for advice or just to vent. But sometimes, you need to take your struggle public. That’s what New York City reporter Joaquin Sapien did last month. After spending nearly a year trying to get records from the city and exchanging more than 50 … Read More
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How NPR and ProPublica exposed America's unequal workers' compensation system

When ProPublica's Michael Grabell was a reporter at The Dallas Morning News, there were three kinds of phone calls he dreaded most. "Family law, V.A. cases and calls involving workers' compensation are impossible to sort out," he said. But as he finished a project about temporary workers injured on the job, he began to get comfortable with state databases … Read More
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Newspapers aren't dying as fast as you think

Digital media executive Richard Tofel made a splash last week with a brief but alarming post on Medium arguing that newspaper print circulation has fallen surprisingly low. There was no irony intended, Tofel told me in an email exchange, in his headline choice: "The sky is falling on newspapers faster than you think." I gotta say, though, that while … Read More
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ProPublica receives $2.2 million from Knight Foundation to expand audience engagement efforts

The Knight Foundation announced Thursday that it would be providing ProPublica with $2.2 million in funding. The money will be aimed toward helping the investigative non-profit improve on an existing crowdsourcing platform, in addition to offering a two-week training program for journalists. ProPublica will offer training to 10 to 12 people through a two-week Knight-ProPublica Summer Institute next year. It … Read More
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ProPublica has an 'Emerging Reporters Program' for journalists of color

ProPublica ProPublica put out a call for young journalists of color to apply to its "Emerging Reporters Program" on Monday. The program will offer a stipend of $4,500 per semester, mentorship and a week at its New York newsroom to five college students "who work or want to work at college journalism outlets – newspapers, websites, radio stations or … Read More
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8 lesser known stories the Pulitzer committee should know about

Related: Roy J. Harris Jr. makes his Pulitzer predictions National journalism awards have already sniffed out some exceptional journalism that no doubt will be top Pulitzer contenders: The Arizona Republic’s exceptional work investigating VA hospitals, The New York Times’ coverage of Ebola in Western Africa and The St Louis Post-Dispatch’s coverage of the Ferguson, Missouri police … Read More
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Journalist on Cuba: 'My mom has been waiting and waiting and waiting'

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories. A more personal look at the Cuba story On Wednesday, Maria Carrillo, a senior editor at the Houston Chronicle, spent a lot of time on the phone with her mother, a Cuban exile. "I am an American, born here, raised here, never been to the island where my parents were born. But … Read More
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A look at 5 successful news partnerships

The Pew Research Center is out today with a new report seeking to define what differentiates effective and sustainable news partnerships from the many that launch with a splash and later quietly fizzle. At Poynter Online, we regularly report on Pew's prolific series of studies on digital behavior and news industry trends. There is a twist concerning this particular … Read More
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Career beat: Dana Liebelson joins HuffPost Politics

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community: Dana Liebelson will be a political reporter at HuffPost Politics. She's a reporter for Mother Jones. (Email) Ashley Codianni is now a senior producer and digital correspondent for CNN Politics Digital. She's Mashable’s director of news video. (Fishbowl DC) Cara Parks has been named executive editor at Modern … Read More
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Career Beat: Ryan Tate is named deputy editor for The Intercept

Good morning! Here are some job updates from the journalism community! Becky Bowers will be editor of the Wall Street Journal’s Real Time Economics blog. She’s currently manager of digital operations for PolitiFact and PunditFact. (@beckybowers) Thomas Claybaugh is now president and publisher for Gannett Central New York Media. Previously, he was general manager of Delmarva Media Group. ( … Read More
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Paul Steiger: Obama administration's actions threaten U.S. journalists

In an important speech on press freedoms this week, ProPublica founder Paul Steiger warned that the Obama administration's surveillance of reporters, denial of access and efforts to silence sources constitute an assault on American journalists' ability to do their jobs. Speaking Tuesday night after receiving the Burton Benjamin Memorial award from the Committee to Protect Journalists, Steiger said in a speech posted on ProPublica that new barriers to reporters have emerged : For the starkest comparison, I urge any of you who haven’t already done so to read last month’s report, commissioned by CPJ and written by Len Downie, former editor of the Washington Post. It lays out in chilling detail how an administration that took office promising to be the most transparent in history instead has carried out the most intrusive surveillance of reporters ever attempted. It also has made the most concerted effort at least since the plumbers and the enemies lists of the Nixon Administration to intimidate officials in Washington from ever talking to a reporter. Read More
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