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Group Editor-in-Chief, Virginia, NC and SC Lawyers Weekly
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Director of Student Media at University of Tennessee Knoxville, Publisher Daily Beacon student newspaper
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Assistant Professor of Journalism at Indiana State University
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Broadcasting Professor, University of Cincinnati
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SPJ Region 2 Director
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Senior, Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland College Park
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Seafood from Slaves, an Associated Press investigation, discovers fish purchased in grocery stories in the United States may have been caught by slaves.
The Brothel Next Door, by student journalists working for the Capital News Service in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, looks at human trafficking in Maryland. They found that while human trafficking abounds in their state, very few are convicted.
BALTIMORE These womens stories, told in a variety of Maryland courtrooms, are similar. And chilling.
R, an immigrant in her early 20s with no papers, a third-grade education and a baby girl, entrusted her life to a man she met at a restaurant in Prince Georges County who told her hed take care of them. Instead, he beat her and threatened to harm her daughter to force her into prostitution.
S, 23, took a bus from St. Louis to Baltimore to work for a man who promised hed give her a job in his webcam business. Arriving on the ticket he paid for, she learned the man was actually a pimp who told her shed have to work as a prostitute to pay him back, including a stint in a hotel near Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport.
C, a 14-year-old runaway, was walking down the street when a man offered her a ride and a place to stay in Clinton. He pampered her, fed her and took her shopping. Then on the third day, he revealed he ran a prostitution business and expected her to work for him. When she messaged friends on Facebook that she wanted out, he became violent.
Their stories, taken from court records, sketch out a common theme: Traffickers find vulnerable young women, seduce them with promises of security, then force them into the sex trade.
Read more: http://cnsmaryland.org/human-trafficking/
American Survivors, by The Washington Post, tells three timely and brutally honest stories about the effects of mass shootings, single fatherhood, and racial disharmony in America.
MILWAUKEE The last student to arrive for fatherhood class was the only one holding a baby, and a dozen men looked up from their desks to stare. Paul Gayle, 19, had a pink diaper bag hanging off a shoulder decorated with tattoos of marijuana leaves, and a crying 7-month-old in his arms. Come on, girl, chill out, Paul said, carrying the baby to a seat in the corner. He offered her a rattle, and she swatted it away. He gave her a bottle, and she only cried louder. Finally, he reached into the diaper bag and took out a pacifier for her and a shot of Goodys Headache Relief for himself.
Sorry for the noise, yall, he said. Were both a little mad at the world today.
No problem, the teacher said. Im up here talking about being a dad, and youre doing it.
Im trying, Paul said. But damn.
Read more: http://www.spjnetwork.org/sdx/sdx15/feature-reporting-101.pdf
The staff of the Las Vegas Review-Journal was told by a representative of their mysterious new owner that the Review-Journal had been purchased by a hidden entity. The journalists were told: Dont worry about who they are. Just do your jobs.
Upon hearing the news, the team of journalists uncovered and reported the truth: Billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson, known for his fortune and powerful connections to political and business interests, particularly gaming, had bought the paper, under the cover of a shell company.
LAS VEGAS Thursdays sale of the Las Vegas Review-Journal left staffers, and readers, with a lot of questions.
Perhaps foremost among them: Who now owns Nevadas largest newspaper.
Answers remain unclear.
What is known: News + Media Capital Group LLC a newly formed Delaware-domiciled company backed by undisclosed financial backers with expertise in the media industry paid $140 million for the Review-Journal and its sister publications.
Thats around $38 million more than New Media Investment Group paid for the all of Stephens Media LLC, a national chain of newspapers that included the Review-Journal, eight other dailies and 65 weekly newspapers. The amount points to investors with deep pockets and a perhaps even deeper desire to own Nevadas biggest newspaper even though the papers revenues, like those of all print publications, have been in decline.
Read more: https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/unidentified-buyer-paid-140-million-for-las-vegas-review-journal/
Want to run drugs, smuggle migrants and get away with it? The Texas Observer and The Investigative Fund discover that joining Americas biggest law enforcement agency might be the best way to do so.
Special Agent Gus Gonzalez leaned back in the front seat of his truck to get a better angle with his camera. It was December 5, 2011, a chilly day for a stakeout in subtropical South Texas. Hed been waiting for hours in the parking lot of an Academy sporting goods store in Brownsville. A few miles away, across the river in Mexico, a war over drugs and money raged. U.S. residents, paid by the cartels, were supplying most of the guns and ammunition.
Gonzalez and his partner, both agents with a federal law enforcement division called Homeland Security Investigations, had gotten a tip that two men they had been investigating would be buying bulk ammunition that day at the store, so they had staked out the parking lot to take photos and gather evidence. The day dragged on and the suspects still hadnt shown. But now, Gonzalez couldnt believe what he was seeing through the viewfinder of his camera. It was Manny Peña, a career U.S. Customs inspector. Back in Gonzalezs days at U.S. Customs, he had worked side by side with Peña at one of Brownsvilles international bridges. He watched as the stocky 38-year-old with close-cropped hair rolled a shopping cart over to a white Chevy truck, then dropped a new Remington rifle into the bed and walked away. It didnt look right.
Read more: http://www.spjnetwork.org/sdx/sdx15/mag-writing-r.pdf
An IndyStar investigation found that at least 368 athletes alleged some form of sexual abuse in gymnastics in the last two decades.
IndyStar has undertaken the first-ever attempt to quantify the scope of sexual abuse in the sport of gymnastics. Reporters also looked into what is behind the abuse and what can be done to combat it.
IndyStar's investigation titled Out of Balance began with a story in August that examined USA Gymnastics' failures to report many allegations of sexual abuse to law enforcement or child welfare agencies. In the second installment published in September, IndyStar uncovered allegations of sexual assault against longtime USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who was charged in November with three counts of criminal sexual assault of a person under 13 years old.
Read more: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2016/12/16/indystars-investigation-sexual-abuse-gymnastics-what-we-know/95469994/
The Counted is a project by the Guardian that counts the number of people killed by police and other law enforcement agencies in the United States throughout 2015 and 2016, to monitor their demographics and tell the stories of how they died.
A new US government program to count killings by police, which draws on data collected by the Guardian, has recorded a sharply higher number of deaths than previous official efforts.
Homicides by police were logged by the Department of Justices new system at more than twice the rate previously reported by the FBI, according to new data that was published by the department on Thursday.
Officials said their new method for counting arrest-related deaths should improve the reliability, validity and comprehensiveness of information on killings by police, after the weakness of previous efforts was exposed.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/15/us-police-killings-department-of-justice-program