Behind the Story: The Indianapolis Star’s probe into the billion-dollar deer farming industry

Ryan Sabalow

It’s like a gold rush. There’s money to be made, but the cost of those riches is a host of harmful, unintended consequences.

A recent Indianapolis Star investigation uncovered evidence linking lucrative deer farming operations to the spread of invasive lice and diseases such as bovine tuberculosis and chronic wasting disease in wild deer populations. The detailed story, told in five chapters each accompanied by a video, chronicles the rise of commercial deer farming from one Amish farmer with pet deer to the profitable industry that exists today.

“No one really saw this coming,” said Indianapolis ...

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A star player accused, and a flawed rape investigation

Yet another university community has been accused of denying justice to a female sexual assault victim in order to protect a star male athlete. The New York Times today chronicled the shortcomings of an investigation by Tallahassee police into a reported sexual assault in which Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston was the alleged assailant.

Police failed to conduct a proper investigation when the incident was reported, the Times found. Even after the accuser identified her attacker to the police, Winston was never interviewed and DNA evidence was not collected. By the time prosecutors began to investigate 11 months later ...

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Senior Data Journalist (BBC News)

About us

The Visual Journalism team is a new multi-platform unit within BBC News. The team brings together online designers, TV designers, developers and journalists to provide compelling visual coverage of the biggest and most significant stories.

We use our skill and creativity to engage and inform our audiences using information graphics, data visualisations, motion graphics and multimedia storytelling.

The team is looking for a creative data journalist (computer-assisted reporter) to boost its data journalism output as part of a new global data unit. The role is expected to make a major contribution towards the publication of award-winning cross-platform data ...

Data Journalist (BBC News)

About us

The Visual Journalism team is a new multi-platform unit within BBC News. The team brings together online designers, TV designers, developers and journalists to provide compelling visual coverage of the biggest and most significant stories.

We use our skill and creativity to engage and inform our audiences using information graphics, data visualisations, motion graphics and multimedia storytelling.

The team is looking for a creative data journalist (computer-assisted reporter) to boost its data journalism output as part of a new global data unit. The role is expected to make a major contribution towards the publication of award-winning cross-platform data ...

Mississippi Ethics Commission rules in favor of records request for text messages

The city of Tupelo, Miss. violated open-records laws by not providing the Daily Journal with text messages it requested last year.

The paper had requested the texts from the mayor's personal cell phone over the course of three days last October, when a city official resigned, the Journal wrote.

The Mississippi Ethics Commission all agreed that the mayor's texts were considered open records under state open records laws.

"'Any text message used by a city official in the conduct, transaction or performance of any business, transaction, work, duty or function of (the city), or required to be maintained ...

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Investigating the mental health system? We’ve got tips from a pro.

Tasked with reporting on mental health? Take a few minutes to listen to tips from Meg Kissinger of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Kissinger attended a recent Watchdog Workshop to talk about her series of award-winning stories investigating caregivers.

"We found people living in squalor," Kissinger said. "It really upset people." So how did she find them? She talked to people who had seen the worst of the worst. Listen to her explain the process:

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Montana Public Radio News Director (University of Montana)

Montana Public Radio (MTPR) invites applications for an energetic and experienced leader for its award-winning news department. The station has a 49 year history of journalism and produces four hours of local news content each week. MTPR is located at the University of Montana in the beautiful, friendly, northern Rockies city of Missoula. As MTPR’s top news authority, the News Director (ND) uses the highest ethical, editorial, artistic and technical standards to set the station’s news policy and maintain journalistic integrity across all station platforms.

As primary news editor, the ND position duties include, but are not limited ...

TurboTax Maker Linked to Campaign Against Free Tax Filing

ProPublica recently reported that lobbyists for Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, reached out to community leaders and officials persuading them that pre-filled tax returns would essentially hurt low-income Americans. 

What community leaders and officials failed to realize was that the pre-filled tax returns, already endorsed by President Obama and President Reagan, would use information that the government already receives from national banks and employers. The pre-filled tax returns would be voluntary services that taxpayers could use and adjust, making it easier and cheaper for many Americans to file their taxes.