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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Extra Extra Monday: The billion-dollar trophy deer industry, election spending, missing radon tests

Trophy deer industry linked to disease, costs taxpayers millions | Indianapolis Star In less than 40 years, a relatively small group of farmers has created something the world has never seen before — a billion-dollar industry primarily devoted to breeding deer that are trucked to fenced hunting preserves to be shot by patrons willing to…

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Bloomberg Markets investigation finds investors lose 89 percent of gains from futures funds

Bloomberg Markets magazine investigates the managed futures industry, and finds that while 63 public partnerships earned $11.5 billion over the past decade, 89 percent was siphoned away in commmissions, fees and expenses. In a nine-month investigation relying on compiled data from the Securities and Exchange Commission, Bloomberg Markets found that the partnerships wiped out all…

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Texas doctor’s patients end up maimed, dead as medical board fails to stop him

Dr. Christopher Duntsch began his medical practice in 2010, The Texas Observer reports, and by the time the state revoked his license in 2013, a series of botched surgeries had left two of his patients dead and four paralyzed. The real tragedy of the story, according to the Texas Observer, is how preventable it was:…

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New Jersey companies receiving job creation tax subsidies filed layoffs

Governing reports that the state of New Jersey sharply increased its tax subsidies, with incentives approved the past two years alone exceeding the combined total awarded for all previous years, dating back to 1996. Despite this, the state’s economy has struggled to create jobs. An analysis of incentive data and state labor department records also…

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Texas family planning department had millions left in budget as clinics closed for lack of funds

The Texas Observer reports that the s tate health department left approximately $2.3 million of its family planning funds unspent while clinics across the state closed because of lack of money. As a result, tens of thousands of women lost access to reproductive care. The unspent funds happened at a time when, according to previous Observer reporting,…

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Extra Extra Monday: Medical bills, hyperengineered food and private prison cash

TimeBitter Pill: Why medical bills are killing us“Breaking these trillions down into real bills going to real patients cuts through the ideological debate over health care policy. By dissecting the bills that people like Sean Recchi face, we can see exactly how and why we are overspending, where the money is going and how to…

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