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Apprehensions at U.S.-Mexico border down from 2017

Posted: Feb. 9, 2018 | Tags: immigration

The number of people apprehended or denied entry into the U.S. at the Southern border was down 16 percent in January from 2017, new figures from U.S. Customs and Border Protection show.

Most of those — 35,822 — were those caught once they came into the U.S. About a quarter of them were turned away after they tried to enter with inadmissible documentation or for humanitarian aid.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton said in a statement that the numbers are still too high among unaccompanied children and families trying to ...

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Donations to nonprofit newsrooms continue to grow after 'Trump bump'

Posted: Feb. 9, 2018 | Tags: Donations

Despite his persistent claims of fake news and shoddy reporting, President Donald Trump’s contentious relationship with the media has actually provided a much needed financial boost for many nonprofit investigative journalism organizations across the country. And despite expectations, the swelling tide of financial support has not receded. Instead, donations have continued to grow over the past few years.

Take ProPublica, for example. Five days after the election, John Oliver called on his “Last Week Tonight” audience to support national, local and investigative journalism. ProPublica, which Oliver specifically referenced by name, received a flurry of new donations after the segment ...

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Asbestos, highway safety and child strangulation prevention

Posted: Feb. 1, 2018 | Tags: Fair Warning

Baby powder battles: Johnson & Johnson internal documents reveal asbestos worries

Multiple memos at Johnson & Johnson reveal worries about asbestos being found in baby powder —and raise questions about the company's candor. 

Turning point in fight to stop child deaths from window blinds

More than 300 U.S. infants and toddlers have died from window blinds and cords, but a new industry decision might prevent more deaths.

California and 5 other states get best ratings for highway safety laws

California, along with Oregon, Washington, Louisiana, Delaware and Rhode Island, have the most protective road safety laws, according to an advocacy ...

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How Trump is shaping immigration policy

Posted: Jan. 31, 2018 | Tags: immigration

The timeline was updated on Feb. 15.

It’s no surprise that President Donald Trump has pushed for stricter immigration enforcement since he came into office. It was a key focus of his campaign. In his first State of the Union address, President Trump spent more than 10 minutes of the address talking about immigration from the U.S-Mexico border wall to the need for more border officers and stricter enforcement.

“It is time to reform these outdated immigration rules, and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century,” he said.

What Trump didn’t talk about were the ...

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American trust in the media is low, but majority believes it is necessary

Posted: Jan. 31, 2018 | Tags: journalism

More than 80 percent of U.S. adults believe the news media are critical or very important to our democracy, according to a recent survey by Gallup and the Knight Foundation. But the findings, surprising in the current national climate of “fake news” and media mistrust, also revealed that 73 percent of respondents said inaccurate information spreading through the internet is a major problem and 43 percent held a negative view of the media (compared to 33 percent who held a positive view).

Sixty-six percent of Americans said most news media do not do a good job of separating fact ...

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Exceptional writing: a Workshop shortlist

Posted: Jan. 24, 2018 | Tags: Media Shortlist, What We're Reading

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This season’s media shortlist from The Investigative Reporting Workshop covers a gamut of written works from January.

With the luxury of time off these last two months, I managed to read voraciously and halved my backlog of bookmarked journalism.

Here are some of my favorite pieces, which found themselves falling under three tidy headers — cryptocurrency, gender and biography. I hope you set aside some time to explore these examples of outstanding writing.



“Bitcoin Mania”

SUE HALPERN for The New York Review of Books, Jan. 18, 2018

A finely tuned portrait of the budding, oft-misunderstood cryptocurrency craze. Halpern reviews ...

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This week in immigration news

Posted: Jan. 19, 2018 | Tags: immigration

The Trump administration’s promise to tighten immigration efforts ramped up this week. Here’s a roundup of some of the coverage.

Earlier this month, Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, decided to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for immigrants from El Salvador. Salvadorans and Haitians with TPS have 60 days to re-apply to the program one last time, according to the The Washington Post

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a notice on Thursday giving TPS recipients from El Salvador until March 9, and those from Haiti until March 19, to re-apply. The U.S. Department ...

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Fake news awards and death threats: Being a journalist in the Trump era

Posted: Jan. 18, 2018 | Tags: Newseum


Photo by Kevin Allen

From left, journalists Melinda Henneberger, John Roberts and April Ryan talk about covering the Trump presidency.

Since announcing his run for the presidency in June 2015, Donald Trump has used Twitter to criticize the media at least 1,000 times. He has used the term fake news in nearly 200 Tweets. He has denounced The New York Times, CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC as “the enemy of the American People!”

On Wednesday night, President Trump continued his public condemnation of the press by announcing the 2017 Fake News Awards on Twitter to his 46.8 million ...

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FOIA lawsuits up 26 percent in Trump's first year

Posted: Jan. 18, 2018 | Tags: FOIA, The FOIA Project, Freedom of Information

Nearly a year since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the number of lawsuits filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has hit an all time high — up 26 percent from fiscal year 2016. 

FOIA lawsuits may be filed if a federal agency denies a request for information or fails to respond to a request within 20 working days.  

During fiscal year 2017, which began Oct. 1, 2016, 651 cases were filed, according to a report released Wednesday by The FOIA Project. News media and nonprofit organizations played a significant role in the increase of these ...

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A toast to investigative journalism

Posted: Jan. 10, 2018 | Tags: Charles Lewis


Photo by Christy Carpenter

Joel Simon, left, of the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Charles Lewis at the Golden Globes Sunday.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) will put a $1 million grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association toward the purchase of a permanent headquarters in Washington.

The press association’s awards to the ICIJ and the Committee to Protect Journalists, which also received a $1 million donation, were both announced at the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night in Beverly Hills, California.

Charles Lewis, executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop, founded the ICIJ in 1997 ...

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Apprehensions at U.S.-Mexico border down from 2017

The number of people apprehended or denied entry into the U.S. dropped from 2017.

Donations to nonprofit newsrooms continue to grow after 'Trump bump'

Despite his persistent claims of fake news and shoddy reporting, President Donald Trump’s contentious relationship with the media has actually provided a much-needed financial boost for many nonprofit,  investigative journalism organizations across the country.

Asbestos, highway safety and child strangulation prevention

Check out our three reprints from FairWarning.

Stories include preventions in child strangulation, Johnson & Johnsons carcinogen worries and highway safety.


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