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    The Elusive Goal of “Housing First”

    February 28th, 2015

    homeless_sleepFrom the San Francisco Public Press: a series on the difficulty fulfilling a 10-year-old promise of finding homes for the city’s neediest residents, and why the jail has become the city’s psychiatric institution of last resort.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Anna Vignet

    The Vatican’s Loophole

    February 22nd, 2015

    From Jason Berry, for GlobalPost, a story about the limits to Pope Francis’ power to make good on his pledge of “zero tolerance” towards clergy who abuse children. In a follow-up piece, Berry explores the issues surrounding demands for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation.]

    U. S. Seed Introduced to Africa, Through 4-H Clubs

    February 10th, 2015

    4H_A_630-2From Kiera Butler for Mother Jones, the story of high quality – but expensive – seeds planted in Africa by 4-H club members, funded by the USDA and corporate sponsor DuPont. Will African farmers get hooked on DuPont’s “Pioneer” seed? If so, who will pay? Read more.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Park Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Peter DiCampo

    America’s Guilt Mill

    February 9th, 2015

    Jernigan LineupFrom David J. Krajicek for The Crime Report, a groundbreaking investigation of the many thousands of wrongful convictions for crimes such as robbery – cases that have been overlooked because advocates focus on suspects who face the death penalty or life in prison. One woman spent seven years in prison for an Arizona bank robbery — until the real robber was found. “If it can happen to me,” Rachel Jernigan told Krajicek, “it can happen to anyone.” Click here for the main story, the history sidebar, and the local court sidebar.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Gannett Foundation.]

    Unjustified Police Shootings in the Dominican Republic

    February 9th, 2015

    18 degrees northFrom Ezra Fieser for 18 Degrees North: A report on suspects who are shot and killed by police in the Dominican Republic. Human rights researchers say 15 percent of all homicides there are committed by law enforcement officers.

    Watch the report here.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]

    Fishermen Use DDT to Catch Fish From Volta Lake

    February 9th, 2015

    Photo1906From Adu Koranteng for New Crusading Guide Newspaper and Modern Ghana News: It’s banned, but practiced by fishermen in Ghana who are desperate to make a living. They kill fish with poisons such as DDT; the fish are later sold in markets. One local man told Koranteng: “We have seen them do it in the night but you cannot go close to them since some of them wield machetes… they will try to sink your canoe or kill you.” Read more.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Green Park Foundation and The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Adu Koranteng



    Meltdown in Haditha

    February 6th, 2015

    Meltdown_coverFrom Kenneth Englade, the account of the failure of military to exact justice in the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians – including six children – at the hands of a U. S. Marine squad. Read more.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Park Foundation.]

    Insurance Rates Go Up, Up, Up

    February 6th, 2015

    logo-thumb copyFrom Ana Radelet for The Connecticut Mirror: For eight years – until the law changed under Obamacare – state regulators in Connecticut never rejected Aetna’s requests to raise health insurance rates.

    Read more.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Feds Demand Refund of Stimulus Payments

    February 3rd, 2015

    Header-two-elkFrom Rone Tempest, a follow-up to his investigation of a failed Wyoming energy project and the waste of taxpayers’ money invested in it. Now Tempest has learned the federal government has demanded a refund of $5.7 million. The energy project was suspended “due to apparent serious mismanagement or misuse of funds.” Read the full story at


    Monitoring Native Voting Rights in Alaska, South Dakota

    January 29th, 2015

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    For the Indian Country Today Media Network, Stephanie Woodard monitored enforcement of voting rights reforms for historically disenfranchised Alaska Natives. Alaska Natives had won a language assistance lawsuit and had organized early voting – better suited for subsistence hunters and fishermen who cannot plan trips to distant voting locations on Election Day. The result: turnout soared.

    But at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, she discovered evidence of voter suppression. The Justice Department intervened, and Native voter turnout surged.

    Read the five-part series from Alaska: (A Seat at the Table), (Celebrates), (Election Morning), (The Alaska Native Way), and (One Voter at a Time), her photo-essay on Huffington Post, and the two-part series from South Dakota, (The Sheriff), and (A Bumpy Road).

     [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Stephanie Woodard