Posts tagged 'prisons'

What we're reading: award-winning journalism

Posted: July 22, 2015 | Tags: computer-assisted reporting, data, journalism, prisons, reporting

One way to constantly improve as a journalist is to observe and learn from the work of others. The May/June issue of Quill, the Society for Professional Journalists bimonthly magazine, included 85 examples of some of the best journalism from 2014. I read investigative journalism stories that debuted in print, broadcast and online formats. No matter the medium, I found the work to be incredibly detailed, insightful and informative. Stories relied on large data sets, public records and human voices to give an in-depth look at various issues from multiple vantage points.

Below are some examples that stood out ...

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Missouri prison deteriorating

Posted: May 24, 2012 | Tags: prisons, state funding

The oldest state prison west of the Mississippi, the Missouri State Penitentiary, once housed James Earl Ray, who was convicted of kiling the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After the 150-year-old facility shut down in 2004, the prison became a tourist attraction in Jefferson City. But despite the prison's historical and financial value, the buildings have been left crumbling. As our summer intern, Samantha Sunne reports, the situation is being described as “demolition by neglect.” You can read and listen to her report for KBIA, an NPR affiliate.

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