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Behind the Story: The reality of Oklahoma's Quality Jobs Program

Last month, the Oklahoma Impact Team for KWTV News 9 in Oklahoma City and KOTV News on 6 in Tulsa, Okla., examined the much-touted Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program to see if it works as intended or amounts to a corporate giveaway. They found that three-quarters of a billion dollars in tax rebates have been awarded to approximately 660 companies, some of which have eliminated jobs or sent jobs overseas while collecting payments under the program. Companies met job-creation predictions about one-third of the time.

Alex Cameron and Jeff Raymond of the Oklahoma Impact Team for KWTV and KOTV sent IRE ...

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Broadcast panels offer insight to all at this year's IRE Conference

We've got a great lineup of panels for broadcasters and anyone who shoots video for their projects at this year's IRE Conference in Boston next month.
Sessions will dig into confrontation interviews, how to take your story national, making document-based stories visual and how to do more with less. A panel of network media attorneys tell you what to when threatened with a lawsuit, Poynter's Al Tompkins gives you tips to avoid being fooled by doctored video and the people behind some of the best stories of the year give you a step-by-step guide in how they ...
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Behind the Story: Doctors caught cheating on the way to the top

 

Memorizing test questions and passing them on to future test takers is considered cheating by most people. However, for many radiologists, attempting to become board certified, it is simply a technique used to study. CNN's "Exclusive: Doctors cheated on exams" takes a close look:

"From my understanding, I would say nationwide from my friends across the country who are all in the same stages of training throughout the years, everyone gets a group. People decided beforehand what sections I will focus on, in terms of trying to recall those questions and answers," said Dr. John Yoo, a practicing radiologist ...

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Nursing home promises fall short

When the California legislature passed a law to drastically increase funding to nursing homes, it came with a promise that worker wages would rise, staffing would soar and patient care would improve.

The law passed in 2004. When I started working on investigative articles for California Watch in the fall of 2009, it seemed like a good idea to take a close look at whether the promises attached to hundreds of millions of dollars came true.

What we found was noteworthy. State and federal funders poured an additional $880 million into nursing homes over five years, moving the annual funding ...

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Q & A on getting health care data

Editor’s note: In his recent Uplink article, Michael J. Berens of The Seattle Times showed how hospital admission data helped him uncover the scope of drug-resistant infections. But getting medical data is often difficult for journalists because of privacy rules. Here, Nancy Amons of WSMV- Nashville explains how she overcame privacy obstacles to get data for stories about TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program. Amons specializes in investigative and computer-assisted reporting and is a regular speaker at IRE and NICAR conferences. Q: What is the biggest problem you run into while requesting health care-related data? How do you deal with ...

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Federal safety data bolsters RV stories

Readme: Free text articleI knew the headline from the fatal luxury motor home crash would be short-lived, something like: RV loses brakes on mountain. One dead. I stuck a note inside my “when-I-have-time” file as a reminder to pursue the story later. Within two days, the accident fell off the local news media’s radar. When we returned to the story nearly a year later, our investigative team had not only uncovered new evidence about the RV crash itself, but also discovered apparent design flaws in an entire series of luxury motor homes. Lonnie Owens hammered the brake pedal of his nine-ton Monaco ...

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Many arrested, few jailed in child porn crackdown

Police departments across America send newsrooms a constant stream of news releases and mug shots of people busted on child pornography charges. In North Carolina, law enforcement and prosecutors are stepping up efforts to arrest and charge sex offenders. The WTVD investigative team wanted to find out what happens to people charged with child pornography offenses. We faced several reporting hurdles, but ultimately discovered very few people face punishment for their crime. We decided to track exactly what kind of punishment convicted child pornographers received in North Carolina. County prosecutors and the state Attorney General told us off-camera that the ...

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