Archives for April, 2013

'Years' project visits solar farm

Posted: April 18, 2013 | Tags: solar energy

This week "Years of Living Dangerously" Producer Mishi Ebrahim and and I traveled to North Carolina to meet with Joel Olsen, a local solar developer. Olsen, a North Carolina native, created O2Energies in 2009 to tap into the emerging solar industry in the state. He built one of his first solar projects in the small town of Mount Airy, the birthplace of Andy Griffith and the inspiration for the fictional town of Mayberry for "The Andy Griffith Show," a CBS sitcom that ran from 1960-1968. Olsen said the location of the Mayberry Farm was symbolic, to show that "America's ...

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'Big Sky, Big Money' wins national journalism award

Posted: April 10, 2013 | Tags: campaign finance

"Big Sky, Big Money," the PBS FRONTLINE documentary that followed a trail of "dark money" in Montana politics last year, has won an Investigative Reporters and Editors award. The program tied for first place in the multiplatform/large category; the prestigious awards recognize the best in watchdog journalism.

The program was co-produced with American Public Media's Marketplace and ProPublica and produced in association with the Investigative Reporting Workshop. 

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Twitterocracy changes politics, journalism

Posted: April 10, 2013 | Tags: journalism

The “Etch-a-Sketch” comment.

The “47 percent” video.

The “Clint Eastwood” moment.

Political journalists and campaign media strategists on Wednesday pointed to these moments in the 2012 presidential election as examples of how social media has changed politics — and journalism.

Focus on the election’s gaffes would have died soon in the traditional media, but conversation on social media kept them alive far longer, said Jonathan Martin, senior political writer for Politico.

“Twitter is an accelerant,” said Martin, one of the panelists at the University of Missouri’s Hurley Symposium in Washington, D.C. “It pours gasoline on the fire.”

Social ...

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Agencies review use of solitary confinement

Posted: April 10, 2013 | Tags: immigration

The government is reviewing solitary practices in immmigration detention centers around the country.

“The Department’s approach is that it should be used as last resort and for as short as time as possible,” said Margo Schlanger, counsel to Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. “Now, about 1 percent of population is in detention, and that is very low compared to other prisons and jails,” she added.

The Investigative Reporting Workshop's Catherine Rentz spent months examining the use of solitary in detention. Her story, published in the New York Times and on the Workshop's site ...

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