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Culture

Three Ages of Journalism

A Closer Look: Three Golden Ages of Journalism? by Paul Steiger, ProPublica This morning, ProPublica founder and executive chairman Paul Steiger received the William Allen White Foundation National Citation from the University of Kansas’s White School of Journalism and Mass Communications in Lawrence. Here are his remarks. I’m honored to be here in Lawrence for […]

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Business Culture

Why Journalists in the U.S. Now Need Protection

by Paul Steiger, ProPublica Last night, ProPublica founder and executive chairman Paul Steiger received the Burton Benjamin Memorial award from the Committee to Protect Journalists. Here are his remarks. In recent days I thought a lot about the 16 previous recipients of the Burton Benjamin award, and re-read the words from this platform of some […]

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Wellness

Is Healthcare.gov the Future? We Ask a Health Futurist

by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica Ian Morrison is a health care futurist. Companies, trade groups and nonprofits call on him to speak about trends in health care and offer prognostications of what the future brings. I’ve heard him speak a few times and his knowledge and sense of humor drew me in right away. Last Friday, […]

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Education

School Referendum: Why I’m Voting Yes, And You Should, Too

Muncie’s School Referendum 2013 – Voters Will Decide A family relocating to the Muncie area is being shown potential homes in the Old West End, by their realtor. They are looking for an older home to restore, of which a number of great bargains to be found. The parents ask about the school options available. […]

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Government

Russia’s Vladimir Putin: “We Use PR Firms Too”

by Justin Elliott, ProPublica Vladimir Putin wrote an op-ed about Syria in the New York Times. The piece was placed by the public-relations giant Ketchum, Buzzfeed reported. On Nov. 16, 2012, we explored how Ketchum placed pro-Russia op-eds in American publications by businesspeople and others without disclosing the role of the Russian government. Ketchum’s latest public filing […]

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Government

Study Finds High Levels of Arsenic in Groundwater Near Fracking Sites

by Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica A recently published study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas’ Barnett Shale. While the findings are far from conclusive, the study provides further evidence tying fracking to arsenic contamination. An […]

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Business Government

Royalties: How Drilling Industry Avoids Paying Them

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica Don Feusner ran dairy cattle on his 370-acre slice of northern Pennsylvania until he could no longer turn a profit by farming. Then, at age 60, he sold all but a few Angus and aimed for a comfortable retirement on money from drilling his land for natural gas instead. It seemed […]

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Government

National Security Agency: “Can’t Search Its Own Emails”

by Justin Elliott, ProPublica The National Security Agency is a “supercomputing powerhouse” with machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second. The agency turns its giant machine brains to the task of sifting through unimaginably large troves of data its surveillance programs capture. But ask the NSA, as […]

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Government

IRS Nonprofit Division: Dysfunction Rules

(photo courtesy of NY Times) How the IRS’s Nonprofit Division Got So Dysfunctional by Kim Barker and Justin Elliott, ProPublica The IRS division responsible for flagging Tea Party groups has long been an agency afterthought, beset by mismanagement, financial constraints and an unwillingness to spell out just what it expects from social welfare nonprofits, former […]

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Business

Installment Lenders Cause Pain to Borrowers

The 182 Percent Loan: How Installment Lenders Put Borrowers in a World of Hurt by Paul Kiel and Krista Kjellman Schmidt, ProPublica This story was co-produced with Marketplace. Listen to their coverage. One day late last year, Katrina Sutton stood at a gas pump outside Atlanta and swiped her debit card. Insufficient funds. But that […]