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  • Silicon Valley’s Hidden Figures

    Silicon Valley has a big diversity problem. But no one has been able to comprehensively quantify it until now. Some of the multibillion-dollar companies that fuel the global economy have sought to hide how few women and people of color they have in their organizations, refusing to release the data, claiming the information is a trade secret. We built the largest and most comprehensive database of diversity employment data for Silicon Valley available. Through a groundbreaking collaboration with a University of Massachusetts Amherst sociologist, we got Equal Employment Opportunity Council (EEOC) data for 177 of the largest tech companies through public records requests and a successful FOIA lawsuit. Through this data, we uncovered disparities and ranked companies based on their diversity scores. By establishing a baseline of comparative data, we were able to hold companies accountable for their diversity hiring practices for the first time. Because of our analysis, the public now knows some of the worst companies when it comes to diversity in Silicon Valley. But we also found that diversity is not an impossible goal to achieve for technology companies: some are doing much better than their peers.
  • ProPublica: Trump Town

    Trump Town is a searchable database of 2,816 current and former Trump administration political appointees, including their jobs and offices, employment history, lobbying records, government ethics documents, financial disclosures and, in some cases, resumes. We made the data available and easy to use so journalists and researchers can use it in their own work. Prior to this news application, much of this data was either not accessible to the public or not searchable.
  • Locked Out: Florida sentences are for life

    A group of University of Florida journalists investigated barriers felons face when released from prison in the Sunshine State. For four months, they followed the lives of seven felons, some just minutes after they were released. In a digital-first, Netflix-style episodic investigation, these student journalists explored how the label “felon” follows 1.6 million Floridians long after their sentences end. The student journalists looked into the three major issues Florida felons face: finding a place to live, securing a stable job and earning back their right to vote.
  • Artificial Intelligence: The Robots Are Now Hiring

    Hiring is undergoing a profound revolution. Since skills have a shorter and shorter shelf life, companies are moving away from assessing candidates based on their resumes and skills, towards making hiring decisions based on people’s personalities.
  • Drug Test Shakedown

    A FOX31 Denver undercover investigation exposed an extortion scheme happening inside a prominent pre-employment drug screening center. Undercover cameras caught a facility manager accepting cash bribes from clients in exchange for guaranteed adulteration of urine tests.
  • My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard

    In December 2014, senior reporter Shane Bauer—using his own name and employment history—applied for a job as a prison guard for the Corrections Corporation of America (now known as CoreCivic), the country's second-largest private prison company. He was quickly hired for a $9-an-hour job at a medium-security prison in Louisiana. That began a four-month odyssey during which Bauer witnessed stabbings, an escape, lockdowns—and his own transformation into a corrections officer, with reactions and feelings he barely recognized as his own. "My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard" is a raw, gripping chronicle of a company's struggle to maintain control of a facility stretched to the limit by cost-cutting and mismanagement, and Bauer's own fight to maintain his humanity in a system that is equally destructive of both inmates and guards. https://youtu.be/cBiqRGXog4w?list=PL7FWr6whNWmhueSwdXFBsNJkZXkMIQ9lf http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/reveal-episode-shane-bauer-man-inside
  • Unemployment Under Fire

    When I first questioned Michigan Governor Rick Snyder about unemployment fraud allegations levied against citizens, I would soon learn how widespread an issue this was for potentially innocent citizens. Many had their tax returns intercepted and wages garnished without being given an opportunity to have a hearing. https://vimeo.com/151977911
  • 5 years later, city fails diversity vow

    The focus of this project was the level of diversity within the municipality of Norwich, Conn., and whether the racial diversity of employees in city departments reflected the community at large. The stories reflected the findings in three areas: municipal, employees, police department employees, and school district employees.
  • Beware the Fine Print

    Clauses buried in tens of millions of consumer and employee contracts deprive Americans of their ability to sue, jointly or individually, and insulate companies whose business practices are deceitful, damaging or illegal, creating a parallel system of justice where companies largely write the rules in their favor.
  • The Escape Artists

    "The Escape Artists" talks about Obama's economic policy during his first term as president.