Archives for February, 2018

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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Students join WAMU reporter in long-form storytelling

Posted: Feb. 5, 2018 | Tags: journalism

Reporter Patrick Madden talks about his work with student journalists in this short video.

American University graduate researchers/reporters help reporter Patrick Madden research, fact-check and gather information for stories, including “Assault on Justice,” published in 2015, which examined whether police were overusing the charge of assaulting a police officer in Washington. The story won Madden two awards in 2016, the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize and the Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

The students, who spend 10 hours a week at the Investigative Reporting Workshop during their master's program, gain experience reporting local ...

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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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30,000 across from White House demand 'families belong together'

The Trump administration missed the first of two deadlines to reunite children separated from their parents. The action came after public backlash mounted, and a federal judge issued a nationwide injunction to reunite families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border within 30 days. More than 30,000 people rallied in Washington on June 30 to demand the Trump administration reunite families immediately.

Newspaper circulation plummets — again

Newspaper circulation plummeted again last year, following the trend of decreased distribution since the early 2000s, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Wednesday.

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