AUDIO: How to track and report on gun violence

There is no perfect or universal way to classify a mass shooting. As such, reliable, nuanced data on the topic is sparse. And further complicating the reporter’s job is the way even the most human stories can become fuel for the right-versus-left fire.

It’s with these challenges in mind that three reporters and researchers came together at the 2014 IRE conference. Patricia Carbajales, who has worked on Stanford University's journalist-friendly database on mass shootings that dates back more than 45 years, and Mark Follman, a senior editor at Mother Jones who led an award-winning investigation on mass ...

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N.J. troopers repeatedly slammed Kenwin Garcia to ground during fatal '08 incident, records show

In an update to a major investigation released earlier this month, NJ Advance Media has found that a Newark man who died in 2008 after a struggle with police was repeatedly slammed to the ground by those restraining him.

The Oct. 1 report – published at NJ.com and in The Star-Ledger – focused on the life and troubling death of Kenwin Garcia. In 2008, Garcia was stopped by New Jersey State Police while walking along the side of a highway. An altercation ensued, and Garcia died days later. The resulting state investigation was largely glazed over publicly. No charges were filed ...

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Greek Letters at a Price

The cost of joining a sorority can be crippling, a New York Times article explains. Official charges include Panhellenic dues, chapter fees, administrative fees, nonresident house/parlor fees, a onetime pledging and initiation fee and contribution toward a house bond. Members must also buy a pin (consider the diamond-encrusted one) and a letter jersey. Without housing, basic costs for the first semester (the most expensive) average $1,570 at University of Georgia sororities, $1,130 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and $1,580 at Syracuse University.

"It was like signing up for a loan — they said the debt could ...

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Federal tech contracts awarded to job brokers with labor violations

When the U.S. Department of Labor needed a new contractor to upgrade its aging computer systems, it turned to labor broker Saras America. The firm should have sounded familiar. The year before, regulators had threatened to block the company from importing foreign workers because it had shorted the pay of nearly 40 high-tech employees, among other labor violations.

So what happened? The Center for Investigative Reporting explains.

Post-crash fires in small planes cost 600 lives

 

Small-airplane fires have killed at least 600 people since 1993, burning them alive or suffocating them after crashes and hard landings that the passengers and pilots had initially survived, a USA TODAY investigation shows.

The victims who died from fatal burns or smoke inhalation often had few if any broken bones or other injuries, according to hundreds of autopsy reports obtained by USA TODAY. Fires have erupted after incidents as minor as an airplane veering off a runway and into brush or hitting a chain-link fence, government records show. The impact ruptures fuel tanks or fuel lines, or both, causing ...

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News Research Manager (The Associated Press)

The Associated Press is seeking an innovative, experienced manager base in New York City to oversee a research operation that breaks news, informs breaking news coverage and supports ground-breaking journalism worldwide.

The News Research Manager leads a team of high-caliber researchers responsible for forward-thinking approaches to digital resource discovery and analysis, primary source material curation and data management. The manager must be a leader versed in training staff in current research methods and resources.

The manager is charged with evaluating AP’s editorial research needs, both domestically and internationally, and designing workflows and resource networks to provide rapid-response information retrieval ...

Family members beat the odds in winning prized firefighting jobs

The Los Angeles Times uncovered a pattern of nepotism within the L.A. County Fire Department. The newspaper found that nearly 7 percent of the 2,750 firefighters are the sons of department veterans. Taking into account others such as brothers and nephews, relatives account for 13 percent of the staff, the investigation found.

The report also uncovers how interview questions – which should be locked away – have been passed around the department, landing in the hands of firefighters' family members as material to aid their preparations.

General Assignment Reporter (The Connecticut Mirror)

The Connecticut Mirror (Connecticut News Project, Inc.),  a non-partisan news website (ctmirror.org), seeks a general assignment public-policy reporter to join an accomplished and dedicated team of journalists and editors based at the state Capitol in Hartford.

We’re looking for an ambitious and aggressive journalist who can balance breaking news and enterprise stories with a focus on politics and public policy. The successful candidate must have a track record of dissecting complex public policy issues and holding public officials accountable.

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your resume; examples of your enterprise ...