High court rejects Trump’s attempt to end DACA

The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 Thursday to reject President Donald Trump’s three-year endeavor to end a program that protects young immigrants from deportation. DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, eliminated the threat of removal for some 800,000 undocumented immigrants and bypassed a stalled Congress in 2012. It was one of President Barack Obama’s  …

Who’s getting PPP money?

Nearly two months since Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the Small Business Administration has failed to release a list of recipients of Paycheck Protection Program loans. The program contains $669 billion in low-interest loans meant for small businesses, a significant component of the largest stimulus package in U.S. history. During …

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It’s not just Flint: Water problems span many states

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — One of the hallmarks of investigative journalism is giving people information they need before they know they need it — to identify critically important stories that are hiding in plain sight. That’s how IRW’s drinking water project began taking shape back in 2014, when problems in the nation’s drinking water systems …

Resources for reporting on coronavirus

Coronavirus coverage: Senior Editor John Sullivan, who is also a reporter at The Washington Post, co-wrote a story about the confusion nationwide because of the government’s response to the coronavirus. Coronavirus webinar: IRE and the Reynolds Journalism Institute did a webinar last week on where journalists can find accurate data about COVID-19 and shared advice for using the data responsibly and …

IRW updates: Helping you to report on coronavirus

Accountability:  The Workshop’s Accountability Project Team is working to add data to help newsrooms with COVID-19 coverage. In collaboration with Big Local News, we have added hospital and nursing home data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The data includes hospital location, the number of beds by type, county-level population estimates by age (which can be linked …

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Real people are behind the data covering ‘undercovered’ communities

Nausheen Husain, Jan Diehm and Mark Walker are three journalists who cover undercovered communities. Their advice to other reporters who want to do the same: Know when to walk away. The three spoke March 6 at the NICAR conference in New Orleans about best practices for covering underrepresented people and groups as well as where …

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Mistakes can engender self-doubt among journalists

When journalists make mistakes, the consequences can be far-reaching, affecting consumers, governments and even the economy. But responsible journalists also carry the burden of the errors, and some begin to question themselves. The “imposter syndrome” lures some journalists into a rabbit hole of self-doubt. It leaves talented reporters restraining themselves under the pressure of the …