Post partnership tracking police shootings continues

The Washington Post’s data team has built and maintained “Fatal Force,” a publicly available database of police shootings across the country, with some help from the Investigative Reporting Workshop for the last seven years. The project, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for national reporting and honored earlier this year with a Peabody Award, has …

Pew: Young journalists, journalists of color most likely to join unions

In an industry in which coverage of labor concerns often overlaps with personal worries about wages and benefits, journalists are increasingly turning to unions at news outlets nationwide.  About one-in-six U.S. journalists at news outlets are part of a union, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. The survey suggests, too, that unions are …

‘We need a Bezos in Hartford.’

Michael Kirk has watched the Hartford Courant wither for years.  When Kirk worked in Washington, D.C., more than 20 years ago, he remembered several Courant reporters covering Connecticut’s lawmakers from the nation’s capital. Less than a decade later, management at Tribune, Courant’s parent company, closed that bureau.  Today, Alden Global Capital owns Tribune, putting the …

Listening to life

Chicago Public Media Associate Editor Margot Susca’s favorite podcast remains This American Life, which in 2020 was the first-ever radio program to win a Pulitzer Prize. The site describes its history and influence this way: “Back in 1999, the American Journalism Review declared that the program was ‘in the vanguard of a journalistic revolution’ and …

Tweeting into the void

Nearly 70% of journalists say Twitter is the platform that tops their list for work-related tasks, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. But most Americans prefer Facebook for their news fix.

Aarushi Sahejpal

Aarushi Sahejpal (they/them & he/him) is a data engineer and an adjunct professor in the School of Communication.  They previously spent time at the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic, Reveal, Cisco and Education Week. He graduated with a B.S. in Data Science and International Studies from American University and is now pursuing a master’s degree in data science.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area

Protect water or advance green energy

The green economy creates a tug-of-war in Northeast Minnesota, where companies seeking mining rights for critical minerals challenge those who want to protect pristine waterways.

Gen Z willing to pay for news … sometimes

Current and former newspaper customers cite a variety of reasons for abandoning, continuing or starting paid subscriptions. But for younger readers, the Black Lives Matter movement’s resurgence was pivotal, and their paying behavior is yet another sign that for Gen Z, digital-first means digital-only.  With my American University colleague Sherri Williams, an expert on race …