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  • The Changing Face of America

    Most data-driven discussions about race focus either on the national level (which masks local trends) or are centered on areas of conflict (such as Ferguson, Mo.) USA TODAY wanted to give people the tools that would allow them to explore how race end ethnicity have changed over time -- where they live and where they go to school. But how do you measure diversity when such trends wax and wane over time? Is a community that changed from nearly all-white to all-black as diverse as an area that received a high level of immigrants? Why do some communities barely notice big changes over time, while others become a nexus of violence? And how does the change in my community compare to anyone else's? To do that USA TODAY needed a tool to level the playing field, a way to show 100 years of change both locally and nationally, on the same scale. The series, based on the USA TODAY Diversity Index, is explanatory data at its best: quantifying incremental change that everyone sees anecdotally.
  • Race project: Racial disparities exist despite changing attitudes

    This small class in data and investigative journalism examined racial disparities over time as part of a collaborative effort between the University of Washington, The Seattle Times and The Pacific Science Center and their Race Project exhibit. Their findings delved into the problems with persistent disparities in race and ethnicity despite changing attitudes.
  • The Kurds: A People in Search of Their Homeland

    This book is the author's "account of a fifteen -year journey with the Kurds of Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran, beginning in 1991 in refugee camps in the mountains and ending in 2005 n the corridors of power in the Green Zone in Iraq. It is an intimate portrayal of an independence-seeking people.."
  • How American's Give

    The articles in this section are personality profiles of people who have worked towards some noble cause. The article concentrates on trying to analyze what makes people philanthropic.The investigators found that cultural, social and ethnic background plays a role in philanthropic activities.
  • Patriot Games

    Hispanics make up more than 38% in the Border Patrol. Valbrun reports that "for the Hispanic agents, the job pits their national identity against their ethnic identity." This story focuses on the reasons the Latinos have to become Border Patrol officers and how they feel about their job.
  • Hispanic Girls in Sports Held Back By Tradition

    Surveys show that young Hispanic girls are less likely to participate in sports than non-Hispanic girls. School officials and experts say sports participation among these girls is necessary because Hispanic girls face a higher risk of dropping out of school, teen pregnancy, and obesity. According to this investigation, family life and tradition play a significant role in why these girls don't participate in sports. This story also looks at Hispanic women who are professional athletes and serve as role models for other female athletes.
  • Along Martin Luther King: A Passage to Black America

    Jonothan Tilove had been covering race for the Newhouse News Service for more than ten years when he approached an editor about this piece, one he had been envisioning for some time. Newhouse sent Tilove and a photographer across the country to visit the various Martin Luther King streets in different cities coast to coast. They found that if you map the nation's MLK streets, as Tilove writes, "you map a nation within a nation, a place where white America seldom goes and black America can be itself. It is a parallel universe with a different center of gravity and distinctive sensibilities, kinship at two or three degrees of separation, not six."
  • Who's Next?

    Riverfront Times reports on "police patterns in enforcing drug laws, particularly in African-American neighborhoods." The story includes maps showing the ethnicity of the neighborhoods by using US Census data. The reporter discovers that "police in St. Louis County routinely serve high-risk drug raids in black neighborhoods, but rarely in white ones." Another finding is that very few of the targets end up with criminal charges against them, which challenges the efficacy of the raids. The Times also sheds light on three killings of unarmed people by police.
  • Scarce Goods: Justice, Fairness and Organ Transplantation

    Koch's book examines the origins of scarcity of blood and graft organs. The main finding is that the problem has existed at least since a famous legal case of U.S. v. Holmes, 1842, which dealt wit the question of lifeboat ethics - "who should die so that others might survive?" Koch looks at the lifeboat ethics' modern application to the distribution of transplantable organs. Using mapping software, the author reveals that "the scarcity of organs is exacerbated, where not created, by racial and regional inequalities inherent in the American health care and transplant system."
  • Murder or Suicide?

    CBS 60 Minutes shadows "the most extensive foreign murder investigation in FBI history" - the death of Father John Kaiser, an American Catholic Priest in Kenya. While the FBI final conclusion was that Kaiser killed himself, several members of Congress believed he was murdered. CBS reported on "a strong potential motive for killing - that the priest was helping several young women sue a powerful Kenyan cabinet minister for rape." The priest also documented severe ethnic clashes in Kenya, and developed evidence that the brutal regime of President Daniel arap Moi was behind the violence. The reporters expose sloppy detective work on the case.