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Digs: what we're reading this week

Posted: Oct. 19, 2017 | Tags: Digs

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Staffer and graduate researcher Erin Logan recommends the following in-depth stories you might have missed, models of how to create readable long-form, multimedia projects.

Child Marriage in America, FRONTLINE Dispatch

Child marriage is a problem in Asia and Africa. But the problem is also substantial in the United States. This podcast and written series looks at child marriage in the States and highlights congressional efforts to preserve and destroy it. 

Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters,’ ProPublica

Reporters at ProPublica bought ads to target anti-Semitic Facebook users. The team tracked how users categorized as “Jew Hater” engaged with its ads. Facebook removed the category after ProPublica asked for comment.  

Let down and locked up: Why Oklahoma’s female incarceration is so high, Reveal News.

Reporters at Reveal find that women are incarcerated in Oklahoma at a much higher rate than the national average, and most of the women in prison were given harsh penalties for drug use. The report also shows women of color are disproportionately impacted by the penal system.

An Alabama Prison’s Unrelenting Descent Into Violence, The New York Times

This story from March, which looks into the violence manifested in an Alabama prison. The Justice Department announced an investigation the conditions of Alabama prisons in 2016, citing overcrowding and making sure prisoners are "adequately protected from physical harm and sexual abuse at the hands of other prisoners." 

Detective Guevara’s Witnesses, BuzzFeed News

This investigative piece uncovers a Chicago police officer who framed at least 51 people for murder throughout his career. The 2013 story was the news again this summer because Guevara will be sued by one of his victims. 

How The World Bank Broke Its Promise To Protect The Poor, HuffPost and ICIJ

These two news organizations — ICIJ was the group behind the Panama Papers — examine the failings of the World Bank and looks at how sustained oversight plagues the world's poor population. 

Doctors & Sex Abuse, The Atlanta Journal Constitution

This award-winning investigation looked at doctors nationwide who abuse their patients but remain in practice. The series also expands how each state deals with sexual abuse, finding Wyoming to be one of the worst states with oversight laws. 

Foster Care as Punishment: The New Reality of ‘Jane Crow,’ The New York Times

This story follows a mother in New York whose children are put in foster care by the state. This problem disproportionately impacts poor women of color in New York City. 




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