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  • Poor worker conditions power gig ecomony

    In “Poor worker conditions power gig economy" FT reporter Izabella Kaminska takes on the job of a Deliveroo food delivery rider to investigate whether the so-called 'Uberisation' of the economy – which sees low-wage workers transformed into informal contractors – is a viable and sustainable technological labour innovation. The video likens this new labour structure to a renewed upstairs downstairs society, and questions the economic sustainability of these models in the long term.
  • Degree of Debt

    “Degree of Debt” is a multi-state investigation by Raycom Media that exposes one of the most crippling impacts on the U.S. economy, the virtual explosion of student debt. The numbers are staggering. Over 41 million students owe a collective $1.4 trillion; a figure that dwarfs credit card and auto loan debt combined. Of that $41 million in debt, nearly 8.1 million of those people are currently in default. According to the Congressional Budget Office, over the next decade the federal government will make $81 billion in profit from student loans, over $8 billion a year. The Raycom investigative series used several federal databases along with shoe leather reporting to educate our viewers/readers on the biggest offenders and what needs to change. http://www.vimeo.com/leezurik/IREDegreeofDebt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y09_yQ9Bwo&feature=youtu.be
  • The Property Tax Crisis

    An examination of the regressive property tax system in New Jersey, which has more in common with feudal states than the United States. Our examination shows how it is the wellspring of the state’s myriad problems, from government corruption to a stalled economy to the highest-in-the-nation debt. The series sparked a public outcry for reform, with more than 14,000 signing our petition for change, and pledges from half the Assembly members to address the issue. http://php.app.com/taxpain/
  • Bird-dogging the Buffalo Billion

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched the "Buffalo Billion" program in 2012 with the intention of revitalizing the Western New York economy. Investigative Post's reporting documented the extraordinary lengths to which Cuomo administration has gone to withhold disclosure of how the $1 billion is being spent. Our reporting also revealed that lucrative development contracts were awarded to major donors to Cuomo's campaign committee and that SolarCity, the major beneficiary of the state's spending, is losing vast amounts of money and under federal investigation. Subsequent reporting detailed that minority hiring goals for the SolarCity project, involving the construction of a $750 million solar panel manufacturing plant, were lowered and that African Americans made up less than 6 percent of the workforce.
  • Off Track

    An investigation into the finances of the $6.6 billion Honolulu rail project, the largest public construction project in the history of Hawaii. This ongoing series examines where the money is going, whether local companies and workers are getting the jobs and whether it is bolstering the state's economy.
  • Rare Earth Elements

    The U.S. began the march toward the use of rare Earth metals - essential ingredients in everything from smart phones and computers to cars and missiles - but has left most of their mining and processing to others. China now dominates this crucial industry, which worries the U.S. government.
  • How Cash Sent the Portland Housing Market Spinning

    Cash is king in red-hot Portland real estate, representing a full one-third of single-family home sales in 2014. Lee van der Voo’s seven-part series on the Portland housing market has uncovered in stark outline the often-obscured influence of cash from developers, foreign buyers and Wall Street in driving affordable housing from the city. Twenty-six investors who purchased more than 10 homes for cash in the listed market in Multnomah County through the recession. Average Black and Native American households priced out of the city. A publicly traded company that is renting out more than 200 Portland-area homes in a new twist on the asset-securitization that drove the Great Recession. The pension funds of teachers and police officers invested in cash-rich Wall Street landlords who compete on the housing market with the very middle-class professionals whose pensions they hold. With van der Voo’s reporting, an economic crisis that everyone in town talked about but no one could explain was given names, faces and numbers — and a hope of being fixed.
  • Living on the Edge

    A summer series about the growth of Edmonton, a Canadian city of about 1 million whose economy is driven by the development of the Alberta oilsands, 300 miles northeast of Edmonton. Living on the Edge examined how and where Edmonton is growing and explored the issues affecting the new residents in the burgeoning suburbs that ring in the city.
  • Q1 GDP Mystery

    In a series of print and video pieces for CNBC, Senior Economics Reporter Steve Liesman discovered longstanding issues in the government’s reporting of first quarter GDP growth, prompting responses from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, professional economists, and Federal Reserve officials. http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000380822 http://www.cnbc.com/2015/04/21/the-mysterious-case-of-weak-1q-gdp-for-30-years.html
  • Downtown Reno blight

    Downtown Reno, Nev. was devastated by the recession and though the recession is considered over, much of the city's core remains vacant and blighted. A three-part series - preview video, call to action and investigative piece - published throughout a week in November addressing the issue of downtown blight. http://www.rgj.com/videos/news/2015/11/16/75602720/ http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2015/11/19/why-so-long-clean-up-downtown-reno-blight/75627500/ http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2015/11/17/how-fight-blight-reno/74288332/