Health Care Journalism Awards (NIHCM Foundation)

NIHCM Foundation is now accepting applications for its 21st annual health care journalism awards. A new award has been introduced this year to recognize excellence in digital media that improves understanding of health care topics through analysis grounded in empirical evidence. Winning entries receive $10,000 cash prizes.

Independent panels of expert judges will select a winner in each of the four categories:

  • Digital Media
  • Print Journalism, General Circulation
  • Print Journalism, Trade Publications
  • Television and Radio Journalism

Entries must originally have been published or aired in 2014. The entry deadline is February 18, 2015. Additional eligibility information and entry ...

Extra Extra Monday: Prenatal screening tests, prison labor programs and nonprofit donations

Oversold and misunderstood: Prenatal screening tests prompt abortions | The New England Center for Investigative Reporting

Sparked by the sequencing of the human genome a decade ago, a new generation of prenatal screening tests, including MaterniT21, has exploded onto the market in the past three years. The unregulated screens claim to detect with near-perfect accuracy the risk that a fetus may have Down or Edwards syndromes, and a growing list of other chromosomal abnormalities.

But a three-month examination by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting has found that companies are overselling the accuracy of their tests and doing little to ...

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Database quantifies wasted natural gas from Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas

An interactive map shows how the volume of flared gas in Texas counties has increased over time – especially in the Eagle Ford Shale. 

By John Tedesco, San Antonio Express-News

The energy boom that’s showering rural South Texas with money is also wasting an irreplaceable natural resource.

Drive through the bustling oil patch of the Eagle Ford Shale, located about an hour away from San Antonio, and you’ll quickly lose count of fiery gas flares that dot the countryside.

Natural gas is cheap. Pipelines are expensive. So instead of collecting the fossil fuel, many oil and gas operators build ...

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America's gun-toting guards armed with poor training, little oversight

Armed security guards have become a ubiquitous presence in modern life, projecting an image of safety amid public fears of mass shootings and terrorism. But often, it’s the guards themselves who pose the threat.

Across the U.S., a haphazard system of lax laws, minimal oversight and almost no accountability puts guns in the hands of guards who endanger public safety, a yearlong investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN has found.

Job data, press releases used to measure effectiveness of North Carolina incentive programs

When the Great Recession reached its peak at the end of 2009, a lot of what you heard and read from news organizations about the state of the economy felt depressingly similar.

Long lines at unemployment offices. Big crowds at job fairs. And everywhere, mounting horror stories from families struggling harder than ever before to make ends meet.

Amid this pervasive gloom, some supposed bright spots popped up regularly in our inboxes, courtesy of the North Carolina governor’s press office.

New jobs, as few as six and as high as a 1,014, were on their way to the ...

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Regulators lack resources to confront risks posed by exploding oil trains

Almost a year and a half after an oil train explosion devastated a Quebec town —and after three railcar explosions in the United States — those headline-grabbing measures have turned out to be less than they appeared. Idling oil trains are still left unattended in highly populated areas. The effort to draft new safety regulations has been bogged down in disputes between the railroads and the oil industry over who will bear the brunt of the costs. The oil industry is balking at some of the tanker upgrades, and the railroads are lobbying against further speed restrictions. The story and video ...

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Data Journalist (The Wichita Eagle)

The Wichita Eagle is looking for a journalist who can find compelling stories in data and tell those stories across multiple publishing platforms.

We’re looking for a reporter with a range of journalistic and digital publishing experience.

  • Has a passion for watchdog journalism.
  • Knows how to identify, obtain, clean and analyze databases from a variety of sources.
  • Able to make data accessible and understandable to readers.
  • Uses current tools and can identify new ones to help users to interact with data.
  • Uses relevant database and programming tools (please specify on your resume which tools and languages you have expertise ...

O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism (Marquette University)

The J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication is accepting applications from journalists ready to spend nine months researching, reporting and telling the stories they care most deeply about – stories with the potential to change policies and lives.

Now in its third year, the college’s O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism each year allows three newsroom professionals to do the best work of their careers on issues of vital importance. The O’Brien Fellows spend the academic year based at Marquette University, but return to their home news organizations with an in-depth public service journalism project ready ...