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Thomson Reuters Foundation

Carey L. Biron

31 August 2021

United States

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Park Rx America is an online platform that helps the growing number of medical professionals who write nature prescriptions for their patients. The database contains thousands of parks and public lands, which prescrib...

The Tributary (Jacksonville Journalism Collective)

Uriel J. García

3 August 2021

Jacksonville, Florida, United States

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A Florida constitutional amendment enacted in 2018 called Marsy's Law protects crime victims' rights, including the right to privacy when public-records laws would otherwise reveal victims' identity. But the Jacksonvi...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Tolu Olasoji

13 July 2021

Rwanda

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Common Voice is an open-source initiative to capture more languages for voice-recognition software. Users “donate” their voices by recording themselves reading text out loud. They can also validate the accuracy of alr...

The Guardian

Aaron Miguel Cantú

17 May 2021

United States

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Five years after the FBI started tracking how often police use force, the majority of police departments still fail to comply and the FBI refuses to release publicly what information it has collected. The policy was e...

Santa Barbara Independent

Katherine Swartz

16 May 2021

Woodland, California, United States

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By turning over its criminal justice data to Measures for Justice, a nonprofit developer that turns raw data into publicly available reports, the Yolo County district attorney has a much better grasp on the work that ...

The Fresno Bee

Ashleigh Panoo

19 March 2021

Reedley, California, United States

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For many college students, the cost of a textbook is often cost-prohibitive and instructors are looking at ways to address that. At Reedley College in California, instructors are curating their own teaching content th...

The Verge

Justine Calma

8 March 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, with the help of scientists, academics, and other volunteers, preserved EPA data and information that the Trump administration sought to erase. They held “guerrilla ar...

U.S. News & World Report

Thomas K. Grose

24 February 2021

United Kingdom

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When the SARS-CoV-2 variant emerged in the United Kingdom, scientists in Britain were able to quickly identify it and warn other countries thanks to the use of genome sequencing. Now other countries, such as Denmark, ...

WBEZ

Edie Rubinowitz

21 February 2021

Evanston, Illinois, United States

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When a teenager in Evanston, Illinois realized that senior citizens were facing difficulties securing Covid vaccination appointments due to technology barriers, he created a website to help eliminate some of the techn...

How Do We Fix It?

Richard Davies

Jim Meigs

13 February 2021

United States

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Democracy Works has a suite of programs that make it easier to vote. TurboVote helps its 7 million subscribers easily register to vote by taking them to their state's online registration site or by sending them the pa...

Flint Beat

Carmen Nesbitt

17 January 2021

Flint, Michigan, United States

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At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, public health officials in Flint, Michigan began tracking the demographics of those who were testing positive for the virus in order to better align the county's public health...

Global Investigative Journalism Network

Rowan Philp

15 January 2021

United States

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Digital sleuths preserved a trove of evidence from the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by acting quickly to "scrape" and archive videos, images, and other data from social media. Investigative journalists ...

Vox

Kelsey Piper

15 January 2021

California, United States

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Residents of California are working together to crowdsource where COVID-19 vaccinations are being offered, and who they're being offered to. While the state has failed to implement a transparent dissemination strategy...

MIT Technology Review

Tanya Basu

8 January 2021

United States

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Several groups are preserving digital content related to the capital insurrection to ensure it is archived in case it gets deleted. A subreddit thread collected thousands of Tweets, Snapchats, and other videos to uplo...

Bangor Daily News

Erin Rhoda

9 December 2020

Colorado, United States

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A Colorado law enacted in 2016 requires law enforcement officers to disclose their past disciplinary records when seeking a new job at a different agency. By making such disclosures automatic, the law standardizes hir...

The Current

Christiaan Mader

23 November 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Once viewed as one of the nation's most brutal and corrupt police departments, New Orleans Police Department has earned steadily improving public support with a host of reforms. One reform that it took voluntarily, an...

Nieman Lab

Sarah Scire

2 November 2020

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Talk2020 is a searchable database from the Wall Street Journal with thousands of transcripts from presidential and vice-presidential candidates’ campaign speeches, media appearances, debates, and more. Users can filte...

Flatland

Mike Sherry

Mary Sanchez

28 October 2020

Missouri, United States

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In 2000, Missouri passed one of the nation's first and most comprehensive laws aimed at ending racial profiling by police in traffic stops. But racial disparities have grown worse since then, with Black drivers far mo...

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Katia Mullova

26 October 2020

United States

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SkyTruth, a nonprofit environmental watchdog organization, is using satellite imagery and remote sensing data to identify and monitor the impacts of human industrial activity on the natural environment. Their service ...

The Verge

Nicole Wetsman

19 October 2020

United States

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The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the health impacts it may have for different people prompted doctors from across the U.S. to create a national patient database to better study and understand how the virus int...

Concord Monitor

Alyssa Dandrea

18 October 2020

New Hampshire, United States

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New Hampshire's official response to nationwide protests of racial bias in policing lacks a critical element: a statewide database showing the race of drivers and passengers in police stops and arrests. Unlike neighbo...

Boise State Public Radio (KBSX)

Heath Druzin

29 September 2020

Utah, United States

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Concerned about the high numbers of suicides in the state, Utah's local government introduced a three-pronged approach to preventing further suicides that hinged on targeting gun owners and Second Amendment activists....

Global Investigative Journalism Network

Mariana Limón

2 September 2020

Colombia

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A cross-border collaborative and investigative journalism effort brought 24 media organizations in 14 countries and more than 40 media professionals to report on the migrants from Asia and Africa who travel every year...

San Francisco Public Press

Meka Boyle

2 September 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Groups in the Bay Area that have successfully sought to have police disciplined for misconduct and won new police-accountability policies have turned their form of organized monitoring into a training platform for pro...

NPR

Simone Popperl

Bo Hamby

Steve Inskeep

28 August 2020

Kansas, United States

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The National Education Association has launched a school-focused COVID-19 case tracker in the U.S., all thank to the efforts of a Kansas theater teacher. Alisha Morris started with an excel sheet and took to online se...

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