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“Come on over and sit next to me,” said the brother of a paralyzed, comatose shooting victim while sitting outside on his porch in Baltimore, Md., when Baltimore Sun crime reporter Justin Fenton showed up unexpectedly. For once, he wasn’t working on a crime story bogged down with numbers and statistics, he was telling people’s stories, and people wanted their stories to be heard.
One particularly brutal stretch of violence included 40 killings and 16 injuries in the span of just 10 days, according to The Sun.
Photo by Jan Banning, Jan Banning Fotografie
A deep-reaching story on communities living in poverty in rural America is not an easy one to tell, but for James Swift it is a narrative that he can call his own, and not just because he wrote it, but because he’s lived it.
Before Alexandra Zayas started investigating abuse in unlicensed religious children's homes in Florida, she hadn't imagined that soggy vegetables swimming in vinegar would ever be on her menu.
This article was originally published in American Journalism Review
"I'm back," Kathryn Wall wrote on the Springfield News-Leader Web site. "Well, technically, I never really went that far.."
It's not that Wall, 27, didn't enjoy her stint covering business for the paper. But she is glad she switched assignments to once again focus on child abuse and neglect in her Missouri hometown.
Courtesy of Andrew Hida
The National Press Photographers Association named the honorees of its annual awards program last week and there's an abundance of powerful journalism to be explored on their website.
Photo by Marc Fader, City Limits
Sixteen years ago, Congress passed the national Adoption and Safe Families Act (AFSA), which promoted timely adoption as a way to improve the lives of children in foster care. But what happens when a child's adoptive home doesn't work out?
In mid-2011, Ryan Gabrielson, public safety reporter at California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting, received a tip about a police force he’d never heard of: The Office of Protective Services.
The tipster indicated that some members of this state-run police force were abusing overtime. But before Gabrielson could make an effort to understand what portion of their work was legitimate, he needed to determine what exactly the police did.
Did you know that the glass covering your gas fireplace can easily reach temperatures over 400 degrees? This scalding glass can melt skin and cause second- or third-degree burns, and it’s right in toddling range for your young children.
While the average consumer may not think of this, Myron Levin of FairWarning in California, is all too familiar with the situation, and his reporting may protect children from these burns in the future.