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Resource ID: #15752
Subject: Investigative Reporting
Source: IRE
Date: 1996-06-18


The 1996 IRE TV Award Winners and Finalist tape is a compilation of 5 broadcast stories. 1.) "All in the Family" and "Mousetrap," Dateline, NBC News. A two-part story about a secretive group called the Irish Travelers, based in South Carolina, where members engage in organized crime ranging from swindling the elderly to an attempted mulitmillion dollar scam at Disney World. See # 14078 and # 13803. 2.) "Toy Story," Dateline, NBC News. Dateline's hidden cameras infiltrated the toy factories and textile mills in Indonesia and China and showed how children were being exploited so that American companies could sell toys at an incredible markup, violating the very ethics toy manufactures espoused. See # 13857. 3.) "Insurance Industry Investigation," Inside Edition. United Insurance, which sells low-value life and fire insurance door-to-door exploits the poor and minorities. A hidden camera catches a salesman using a coat hanger to take money out of a young child's piggy bank. See # 13767. 4.) "Airport Security: Behind the Scenes," WCPO, Cincinnati. Major lapses in security at a Cincinnati airport and a major subcontractor performed inadequate background checks and did little if any screening. See # 13883. 5.) "Overcrowding and Inhumane Treatment in Missouri County Jails," KOMU, Columbia, Missouri. An impressive presentation by a beginning journalist showed how a majority of jails are overcrowded and inadequate. Inside access to the old jails vividly showed how the jails have harmed the prisoners as well as sheriff officers and prison guards. See # 13667

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