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  • The Brothel Next Door

    Merrill College student reporters did what state officials had promised but failed to do: a comprehensive assessment of human trafficking and law enforcement’s response to it. The result was “The Brothel Next Door,” the first in-depth, data-based analysis of the problem in Maryland. The report was published online by Capital News Service and by local news outlets, including in Spanish by The Washington Post’s El Tiempo Latino. Five classes collaborated on the project: Media law classes submitted public records requests to every county. Capstone classes searched court files for details about how victims become trapped, traffickers operate and authorities respond. They obtained chilling audio of victims’ testimony and a state database never before released. Their analysis found authorities had uncovered extensive evidence of trafficking but struggled to win convictions. They conducted scores of interviews to understand why.
  • Nuclear Missteps

    After exposing low morale, training flaws and leadership lapses in the Air Force’s nuclear missile corps in a series of stories in 2013, Robert Burns used the Freedom of Information Act, tips from his network of military sources and interviews with Air Force officers at all levels to reveal in an exclusive series of stories in 2014 that the problems initially denied by the Air Force ran so deep and wide that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declared “something is wrong” with the most high-risk arm of the U.S. military.
  • Dishonor

    “Dishonor” shines a light on the shocking problem of rape in the U.S. military. A female soldier in a combat zone is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. In 2010 the Pentagon estimated 19,000 service members were sexually assaulted. Of these assaults only a tiny fraction were prosecuted. Natalie Morales investigates what happened to Marine officer Claire Russo. She was brutally sodomized by a fellow marine but the Marines dropped the investigation early on. A vigilant NCIS agent assigned to her case wouldn't allow justice to die in the military so he took it to the D.A. in California, and her rapist pleaded guilty. Russo says the way the military treated her rape is typical, and her case is only unique in that she got justice. Morales spoke to a group of former service members from each branch of the military who had similar stories of sexual assault and retaliation by the military for reporting their rapes. Morales asks Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta: "are rapists getting away with rape?" In a response to all of the victims of sexual assault Panetta apologizes and vows that the military will do better. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/49202943#49202943
  • Scales of Justice

    Many known criminals in Linn County walk the streets freely. Among many problems with the local justice system, the largest is that criminal cases are dismissed without prosecution. Without charges on a drug dealer's, child pornographer's, or girlfriend beater's records, it's as if they never committed a crime. The lack of corrective action is leaving local police with low morale and an overwhelming job of arresting repeat offenders only to see the justice system release them back on the public.
  • In the Shadow of Justice

    A feature-length, investigative documentary, this piece follows Dan Slepian on a five-year investigative story involving the true identity of a shooter. His story lead to the "release of two innocent men, David Lemus and Olmedo Hidalgo, who had wrongfully spent 14 years in prison for murder; prompted the arrest of the real shooter, Thomas Morales; and convinced whistleblowers - including the jury forewoman, eyewitness to the murder, and even the DA who's argued to keep the two men in prison - to come forward and speak out."
  • Bush's Spook: The destructive reign of CIA director Porter Goss

    Dreyfuss describes in detail the changes in the CIA after Goss's appointment by G.W. Bush. Dreyfuss found that 90 senior CIA officials resigned when Goss took over and morale plummeted. Dreyfuss also writes that part of Goss's mission was to politicize the CIA and "yank the errant agency onto Bush's team." One example was the White House pressure for the CIA to bend its conclusions on the existence or nonexistence of Iraqi WMDs.
  • I'm Outta Here: Why Microsoft is losing some key talent

    This piece is an inside look at problems gripping Microsoft. The author talked with current and former employees, and found that as the company grows, morale seems to fall.
  • Modigliani: The Experts Battle

    ARTnews tells the story of two battling art-historians who slander, sue and squabble their way into amassing a full catalog of the works of Amendo Modigliani.
  • Ground Truth: Conditions, Contrasts and Morale

    Stars and Stripes is the only daily newspaper that circulates in war zones. Reporters for the paper surveyed nearly 2,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and National Guardsmen in Iraq. They found that moral was low; many troops felt they had not been trained for the duties they were performing, soldiers had little confidence in their leaders and many soldiers doubted the value of the military mission in Iraq. Furthermore, reporters found enormous differences in the quality of life between troops.
  • Power Failure

    After having choreographed the grandest media dance in corporate history, AOL and Time Warner have developed insensate feet. A merger charted by the likes of AOL head Steve Case and Time Warner's Jerry Levin became bitter after stock prices crashed by more than 70%. Employee morale at the companies is in its depths and accusations are flying across from either side. No wonder then, that AOL Time Warner's new heads- new C.E.O Richard Parsons, chariman Steve Case , and C.O.O Bob Pittman are scrambling to get the show together, again.