College disciplinary boards impose slight penalties for serious crimes

Secretive college judicial systems make it easy for students responsible for violent offenses – including sexual assault – to transfer between schools.

The Columbus Dispatch and Student Press Law Center used disciplinary records from 25 public universities to identify students who had transferred despite university punishment. Some of the students were reprimanded for more than one serious offense at the same school. Sanctions for such offenses are often minor – placing a student on probation, issuing a written reprimand, or ordering the accused to write a paper.

The investigation also found that most schools don’t understand or refuse to follow state and ...

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Updated data on home mortgage applications now available from NICAR

The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) database has just been updated in the NICAR Data Library. Loan application records for 2013 are now available. 

What's in it?

This Act requires all banks, savings and loans, savings banks and credit unions with assets of more than $33 million and offices in metropolitan areas to report mortgage applications. Each loan record contains demographic information about loan applicants, including race, gender and income; the purpose of the loan (i.e. home purchase or improvement); whether the buyer intends to live in the home; the type of loan (i.e. conventional, FHA insured ...

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Investigative Reporter (KSAT12 News)

KSAT12 News (San Antonio, ABC) is looking for an Investigative Reporter to join our Defenders Investigative Team.

The ideal candidate has an insatiable curiosity, never stops asking questions or learning about a subject and shows a passion for investigative journalism. This journalist is a person of integrity, credibility and resourcefulness, and is someone who possesses the skills to deliver hard-hitting quick-turn projects as well as develop long-term pieces. Successful members of our staff have a competitive spirit, are aggressive storytellers and know the importance of building relationships in the community in order to generate news leads. Our next Investigative Reporter ...

Hundreds of diplomats pulled over for serious driving offenses

Documents from the U.S. Department of State shows hundreds of diplomats have been pulled over for reckless driving, DWI and other serious offenses. NBC4 Washington spent six years fighting for the list, which it requested in 2008.

Still, the records aren’t complete. Some files were withheld for “national security” reasons, according to the report. The station also found many repeat offenders, including some that were not on the State Department’s list.

Reporter Tisha Thompson explains how the story came together in an article on NBC4’s website.

Data Journalist (The Connecticut Mirror/Connecticut News Project, Inc.)

The Connecticut News Project, Inc., publisher of The Connecticut Mirror, seeks a Data Journalist who can use data to tell meaningful stories as we prepare to launch a new digital publication in early 2015 that will use data to explore social trends, changing communities, government, business and other topics in Connecticut.

The successful candidate must be able to obtain, analyze, write about and present data in unique and compelling ways for a growing audience. The candidate must be a self-starter, with experience in some or all of the following areas:

  • Data acquisition and reporting
  • Data cleaning and analysis
  • Visualization and ...

Producer-Reporter for "Reveal" (The Center for Investigative Reporting)

The producer-reporter works with the “Reveal” production team to produce and report investigative audio segments.

This position reports to the executive producer and is based out of CIR’s Emeryville, California, office.

The producer-reporter works with CIR and partner news organizations to maximize the narrative elements of investigative stories and produce them for air. He or she also contributes reporting to the radio show, website and podcast on a regular basis.

The producer-reporter delivers journalistically solid pieces that maximize the potential of audio storytelling. This person works with the executive producer and executive editor to ensure investigations meet the highest ...

Correspondent for "Reveal" (The Center for Investigative Reporting)

The correspondent conceives and executes signature investigations for “Reveal.” The correspondent brings senior-level experience to “Reveal” by contributing major investigations and short pieces to the radio show and its digital assets (podcasts and others) on a regular basis.

The correspondent delivers journalistically solid investigative pieces that maximize the potential of audio storytelling. This person works with the executive producer and executive editor to ensure investigations meet the highest journalistic standards of quality and ethics.

The correspondent reports to the executive producer and works with the executive editor and CIR’s entire newsroom – reporters, editors, producers and engagement staff – to showcase ...

DOD, service weapons missing from local departments

KCRA-Sacramento found that police sometimes lose track of handguns, rifles and military surplus rifles.

The investigation shows the Stockton Police Department lost track of two M-16 rifles that were a part of the Department of Defense’s 1033 program. Stockton was suspended from the program after losing the rifles.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department was similarly suspended. The department maintains its weapons losses were due to a clerical issue and that the weapons didn’t end up on the streets.