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KPTV-TV

John Hendricks

31 July 2020

Oregon, United States

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Officials in Oregon, where voters have voted by mail in statewide elections for decades, point to their successful system to counter Donald Trump’s claim that voting by mail is “rigged” and results could take “years.”...

Voice of America (VOA)

Michelle Quinn

27 July 2020

United States

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With many more people are voting by mail in the 2020 presidential election, technology is helping to make sure ballots are counted and that voters are informed. Although the system is not perfect, it does allow for vo...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Patricia McKnight

23 July 2020

Wisconsin, United States

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Wisconsin officials learned important lessons from the problematic primary election. Moving forward, an informational mailer is being sent to educate voters about absentee voting and an absentee ballot request form wi...

CNBC

Christina Farr

21 July 2020

Germany

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To contain the spread of the coronavirus, Germany relied heavily on communication and information tactics that prioritized the voices of health and science officials. Although misinformation was still a problem for th...

The Marshall Project

Eli Hager

20 July 2020

United States

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Traditional police interrogation tactics that emphasize invading someone’s personal space to increase anxiety, read body language, and prompt confessions have had to undergo changes during the pandemic, some of which ...

The New Yorker

Tom Robbins

17 July 2020

New York, United States

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When New York legislators abolished a state law that had long shielded police officers’ disciplinary records from public scrutiny, they were not just responding to recent protests but also to activism over many years ...

Wall Street Journal

Dasl Yoon

16 July 2020

South Korea

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In South Korea, the government is using smartphone technology, including various independent apps and text messaging, to implement contact tracing. This has enabled the country's economy to avoid a full shutdown. Earl...

CNBC

Christina Farr

15 July 2020

Taiwan

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Since the outbreak of Covid-19, Taiwan – a country of nearly 24 million people – has reported less than 500 cases and only seven deaths, largely due to the rapid implementation of a public health emergency response pl...

Reuters

John Shiffman

Michael Berens

14 July 2020

Arkansas, United States

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Arkansas’ judicial oversight agency has the staffing and persistence to hold bad judges accountable in ways that counter a nationwide pattern of weak enforcement and judicial impunity. The Arkansas Judicial Discipline...

National Catholic Reporter

Brian Roewe

14 July 2020

Dayton, Ohio, United States

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In 2014, the University of Dayton, a Catholic institution, made a public commitment to divest its investment portfolio from any fossil fuel funding. The university has since fulfilled and stayed strong on its commitme...

How Do We Fix It?

Richard Davies

Jim Meigs

10 July 2020

Michigan, United States

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Voters Not Politicians is a grassroots initiative that, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, ran a successful campaign to defeat gerrymandering in Michigan. The state has a citizen-led ballot initiative option, so...

Los Angeles Times

Esmeralda Bermudez

7 July 2020

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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Mothers of young Latino men killed by sheriff’s deputies in East Los Angeles have struggled to pry information from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, but along the way they have formed a network of support ...

The Hechinger Report

Delece Smith-Barrow

6 July 2020

United States

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Students at colleges across the U.S. are taking to social media to confront racism and biases at their campuses. Over 40 "Black at" Instagram accounts were launched in June on which students share their personal stori...

Press & Sun-Bulletin

Katie Sullivan Borrelli

30 June 2020

Rochester, New York, United States

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A change in communication policies and outreach procedures has helped the UR Medicine Home Care program retain employees during the coronavirus pandemic, despite increasingly difficult work conditions. Part of this ef...

Politico

Emily Nonko

25 June 2020

San Quentin, California, United States

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San Quentin Prison's media created by the men incarcerated there have gone beyond rehabilitation of individuals to a broader mission of promoting criminal justice policy reform by reframing the narrative about those w...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

25 June 2020

Kano, Nigeria

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When COVID-19 cases began spreading in Kano, the local maternity hospital saw a decrease in patients coming for their appointments, so the hospital adapted and started seeing the women in their own homes. Using their ...

The New York Times

Rukmini Callimachi

24 June 2020

Woodlynne, New Jersey, United States

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New Jersey’s responses to police misconduct offer stark lessons in how certain failures can allow troubled officers to hop from job to job undetected. The state lacks a central database of police misconduct and remain...

Gotham Gazette

Victoria Merlino

20 June 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Record high voter turnout in New York's 2018 primaries was due in part to grassroots groups effectively harnessing voters’ anger towards the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a group of State Senate Democrats w...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Blaze Lovell

17 June 2020

Hawaii, United States

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The groundswell for greater accountability in police shootings has barely caused a ripple in Hawaii, where the state’s Law Enforcement Officer Independent Review board has finished only one case in its first three yea...

The Washington Post

Amber Phillips

12 June 2020

Colorado, United States

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Vote-by-mail in Colorado makes voting easier. Citizens are automatically registered to vote by the DMV when they get a license. Voter data is updated monthly by the post office to increase voter roll accuracy. Voters ...

The Correspondent

Patrick Chalmers

10 June 2020

Kenya

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Communities around the world are increasing citizen participation in political decision-making in innovative ways. Participatory budgets allow locals to decide how cities spend money and in some Kenyan cities this has...

Are We Europe

Gil Skorwid

9 June 2020

Lithuania

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The coronavirus pandemic has invigorated organizations working in the Baltics to counter disinformation, particularly from Russia, by flagging suspicious accounts, fake news, and hate speech. For example, Covid-19 led...

ProPublica

Andrew Ford

4 June 2020

New Jersey, United States

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Citizen watchdogs can hold local police accountable by using the tactics of investigative reporters that have successfully exposed systemic problems and sparked reforms. One reporter shares five approaches he’s used t...

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Matt Field

26 May 2020

Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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Princeton University's Empirical Studies of Conflict Project launched a tracking effort to document COVID-19 disinformation worldwide. Created by a network of students tapping into fact-checking sites and other social...

Ventures Africa

Hadassah Egbedi

18 May 2020

Nigeria

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Stand To End Rape (STER) is a youth-led Nigerian NGO that works with sexual and gender abuse survivors by providing services, including psychosocial support and advocacy to address cultural norms of victim-blaming, sh...

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