Why Americans are flocking to their sinking shores even as the risks mount

Americans ability to work around some of the most restrictive beach development laws in the country is indicative of a problem that only worsens as rising seas gnaw at U.S. shores: Americans are flocking to the water’s edge, as they have for decades, even as the risks to life and property mount. And government is providing powerful inducements for them to do so, Reuters found

Between 1990 – when warnings were already being sounded on rising sea levels – and 2010, the United States added about 2.2 million new housing units to Census areas, known as block groups, with ...

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Behind the Story: How Chicago Magazine exposed the truth about the city’s crime rates

Chicago Magazine | June 2014

A story that helped change the way Chicagoans digest crime stats started with suspicion.

Immersed in a different crime-related piece, Chicago Magazine Features Editor David Bernstein and Contributing Writer Noah Isackson noticed something amiss with the statistics. When their trusted police sources voiced skepticism, the early trappings of an idea took hold.

In the spring of 2013, fresh off a year of 507 murders in Chicago, the most of any U.S. city, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy started celebrating what the stats showed was a drastic turnaround in the amount of crime ...

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Hedge Fund Journalist Research Team (Fir Tree Partners)

Hedge fund with over $10billion under management seeks journalists to conduct grass roots research. Candidate must have superior investigative skills, innate intellectual curiosity, and drive to leave no stone unturned. Position will typically involve learning about a new business, technology, regulation, societal/economic development, etc., framing the issues, and speaking with as many sources as possible. Prompt concise written communications/summaries and creativity in research are imperative. 

While this is not an investment analyst position, basic understanding of economics and business and the willingness to learn more are essential. Examining all sides of a question and explaining things simply is ...

Research Editor (ProPublica)

ProPublica is looking for a top-notch researcher to help us dig deep into databases and ferret out obscure facts.

Our research editor will work closely with reporters to do everything from background sources to finding examples of kids who were injured by a pharmaceutical drug. The job also includes training staff in research, overseeing at least one full-time intern and a stable of freelance researchers, and maintaining and managing our various accounts for research databases.  The job is full-time and based in New York.

Applicants should have significant journalism experience and prior experience with the various databases and resources used ...

Former county executive continues to rake in the cash

Monroe County Republicans consistently rake in more donations than many other county-level political parties in New York, the Democrat & Chronicle found. Campaign finance reports shed light on one reason for the party's fundraising prowess: Former county executive Jack Doyle. The party contracts with Doyle to work as a fundraiser, county Republican Chairman Bill Reilich said recently. Doyle works on commission, Reilich said, meaning that he earns a percentage of the donations he brings in.

A recent campaign disclosure report shows that the GOP paid Doyle — or John D. Doyle LLC — $45,593 in March for professional services. It was ...

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AUDIO: The data-driven story from start to finish

New to data reporting? Anthony Cormier, Sarasota Herald-Tribune; Jaeah Lee, Mother Jones; Rob O’Dell, The Arizona Republic; and Shawn McIntosh, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution walked journalists through their tips at the 2014 IRE Conference.


Make it your job to develop good reporting habits. Keep track of data in relation to your reporting, like bankruptcy filings for business reporters or communication logs from cop cars if you cover crime. Cormier explains:

Instead of only being familiar with open-records laws, also check out the rules that regulate what you’re reporting on, Cormier said. With banks, that could be financial regulation laws ...

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Mississippi town could make text messages readily available

A town in Mississippi could soon become the first in the state to archive and make available the text messages of public officials, according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. The pending policy comes in response to a Mississippi Ethic Commission ruling against Tupelo, after the city had denied the Daily Journal text messages between the mayor and another city official.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History laws already require that cities hold on to text messages. As local government records, the texts should be open to the public. But state officials have openly stated that municipalities don’t ...

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Extra Extra Monday: Florida law allows troubled charter operators to keep running schools

Shuttered: Florida’s Failed Charter Schools | Naples Daily News

As charter schools have boomed in Florida — 622 operated in 2013-14, up from 257 in 2003-04 — many have also busted. Since charter schools were first permitted in 1996, 269 out of nearly 900 opened charter schools have closed, a failure rate of about 30 percent. That tally includes six schools closed in Lee County and two closed in Collier County.

To better understand Florida’s charter school failings, the Daily News undertook a first-of-its-kind task, examining all charter schools that have closed since 2008. The newspaper reviewed hundreds of closure documents ...

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