How to be an ally in the newsroom

Five journalists share tips and ideas for creating a culture of inclusivity, regardless of job title, in their newsrooms. Ashley Graham, WLNS (Lansing, Michigan): “It’s important for everyone in the newsroom to be open to ‘diverse’ story pitches. Many journalists of color find that pitches related to their respective communities get turned down for being…

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After four women accused a Utah State University student of sex assaults, no charges and no apparent discipline

Four women in 2015 reported to police that they were sexually assaulted by the same Utah State University student. Three of those women were Utah State students and also reported the assaults to their school. But an investigation by The Salt Lake Tribune found that no charges were ever filed and it appears the university…

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Women and minorities in Texas government make less than white men — and the gap is growing

Data analysis by The Dallas Morning News found that, for a decade, the wage gap has been growing. Women and minorities working for the state of Texas make less money than their white, male counterparts in similar jobs. Women earn 2 cents less on the dollar today than they did in 2006, the paper found.…

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Data doesn’t support arguments for concealed weapons on Florida college campuses

Florida lawmakers have cited rape on college campuses as justification for legislation that would allow students to carry concealed weapons. But an analysis of U.S. Department of Education data by WUFT News found that the data doesn’t support officials’ claims.  Student journalists at the University of Florida looked at three years of crime data on…

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Analysis of fatal police shootings in Georgia casts doubt on officials’ claims

Nearly half of the 184 people fatally shot by police in Georgia since 2010 were unarmed or shot in the back, according to an investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. The findings cast doubt on claims by officials that the use of deadly force in each case was justified. Other findings…

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Bartered sex, corruption and cover-ups behind bars in nation’s largest women’s prison

Records and interviews indicate a pattern of physical, mental and sexual abuse at Florida’s Lowell Correctional Institution, the largest women’s prison in the country. The Miami Herald interviewed more than 30 inmates and reviewed hundreds of pages of records to investigate the allegations. Inmates say the they’ve been forced to have sex with corrections officers.…

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In diverse Texas, whites dominate police ranks

White officers dominate in communities across Texas, an investigation by University of Texas at Austin students found. Analyzing current demographic data reported to a state agency, they discovered that almost a third of the state’s police departments had no female officers. The Dallas suburbs had the largest concentration of demographic disparities, where, in most cases, the percentage of white officers…

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Extra Extra Monday: Ray Rice and the NFL, sexual assaults at the University of South Florida, a questionable robbery conviction

A stickup. A manhunt. A mistake? | The Sarasota Herald-Tribune A long time ago, a family was robbed. The police pounced. A man went to jail. A lot of people wondered if the law got it right. It sure doesn’t look like it. The Herald-Tribune spent nine months examining the case against Andre Bryant, now…

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Till death do us part: A look at deadly domestic violence in South Carolina

More than 300 women were shot, stabbed, strangled, beaten, bludgeoned or burned to death over the past decade by men in South Carolina, dying at a rate of one every 12 days while the state does little to stem the carnage from domestic abuse. It’s a staggering toll that for more than 15 years has…

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Extra Extra Monday: Medicare billing, police chauffeurs, judicial ethics, patronage jobs

Dangerous Minds/Insane System | The Virginian-Pilot But what happened in Apartment 433 was more than just another murder. It was a window into today’s mental health care: a system as dysfunctional as the clients it serves. So gutted it has little power to put away even the most dangerous for any real length of time –…

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