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What You’ve Been Making
A roundup of journalism and code projects from the last few weeks, with an extra spotlight on pieces that involved internally created databases.
(Tampa Bay Times, Aug 9, 2018)
Reporters built a database of nearly 1,800 test results and reviewed hundreds of pages of internal docs.
(Mother Jones, Sept 2018)
A deep look at the troubled Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, with a cold-sweat-inducing student loan calculator.
(Buffalo News, Aug 19, 2018)
Holding officials accountable for huge expenses pulled from public funds. In response to reporters’ inquiries, officials are already promising changes.
(Virginian-Pilot, Aug 27, 2018)
This investigation compiled a database from lots of sources, tracking jail deaths of people with mental illness.
A nonprofit got special loans and tax breaks for low-income housing. Dealmakers collected millions in fees. And buildings deteriorated.
(Chicago Tribune, Aug 16, 2018)
With audio and a 3-D rendering of the building, explore how a nonprofit’s failure is impacting vulnerable people’s lives.
We Were So Glad We Read These
The similarity of summer songs, charted by Sahil Chinoy. The fertility benefits offered in the journalism industry, by Rachel Schallom. A nine-part collaboration between the Texas Observer and Quartz that explores the complexities of water and borders in a warming world. A fascinating database of collaborative journalism projects. A detailed breakdown of the pay gaps across major U.S. newsrooms from Elaine Chen, Cecilia Lei, Annie Ma, and Jonathan Ng. A thorough explainer on women’s pockets and their many insufficiencies.
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