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B&S Gold winners: Tracking charities that spend more on donation solicitors than people in need
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B&S Gold winners: Tracking charities that spend more on donation solicitors than people in need

By on Nov 14, 2013

2013 BARLETT & STEELE AWARDS 2013 Barlett & Steele Award winners HOW THEY DID IT: GOLD: ‘America’s Worst Charities’ SILVER: ‘United States of Subsidies’ BRONZE: ‘Inside Game’ BUILDING DATABASES GOLD: Follow the money SILVER: 1,874 programs BRONZE: Timing is everything 5 TIPS FROM EACH TEAM | PHOTOS | VIDEO | The sensational story of a […]

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B&S Bronze winner: WSJ exposes insider trades, regulatory loopholes
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B&S Bronze winner: WSJ exposes insider trades, regulatory loopholes

2013 BARLETT & STEELE AWARDS 2013 Barlett & Steele Award winners HOW THEY DID IT: GOLD: ‘America’s Worst Charities’ SILVER: ‘United States of Subsidies’ BRONZE: ‘Inside Game’ BUILDING DATABASES GOLD: Follow the money SILVER: 1,874 programs BRONZE: Timing is everything 5 TIPS FROM EACH TEAM | PHOTOS | VIDEO | The Wall Street Journal jumped […]

B&S Silver winner: NYT reporter who created business incentives database
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B&S Silver winner: NYT reporter who created business incentives database

2013 BARLETT & STEELE AWARDS 2013 Barlett & Steele Award winners HOW THEY DID IT: GOLD: ‘America’s Worst Charities’ SILVER: ‘United States of Subsidies’ BRONZE: ‘Inside Game’ BUILDING DATABASES GOLD: Follow the money SILVER: 1,874 programs BRONZE: Timing is everything 5 TIPS FROM EACH TEAM | PHOTOS | VIDEO | Louise Story of the New […]

Another public pension angle: Are employees putting in their share?
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Another public pension angle: Are employees putting in their share?

When you’re working on your next public workers’ pension story, check out the line about how much employers contributed. Those numbers helped Thomas Peele, an investigative reporter Bay Area News Group, and Daniel Willis find what their story calls the “pension pickup.” The story published in the San Jose Mercury News says: “Like a rich […]

Marketplace’s Hill explores the plight of ‘just-in-time’ workers
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Marketplace’s Hill explores the plight of ‘just-in-time’ workers

As part of America Public Media’s Marketplace series “Consumed,” Adriene Hill produced a segment on part-time careers. Her story notes these positions offer companies “just-in-time” workers, but rarely meet employees’ needs. Adriene says the story started during planning for the series, which asks the question: “Can we really afford all this?” They started with a broad plan […]

Tracking the deaths that boost state inheritance tax collections
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Tracking the deaths that boost state inheritance tax collections

Only a few states, including Connecticut, have an inheritance tax. (Forbes has a great graphic to help you find states that do.)  Until I read Christopher Keating’s Hartford Courant story, I didn’t realize how much states can benefit when wealthy residents die. He writes: “Legislators expecting to collect about $150 million were stunned recently when […]

Avoid profile ruts: Use varied sources, telling scenes and detailed background
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Avoid profile ruts: Use varied sources, telling scenes and detailed background

With changing bylines on the same story, big-picture stories sometimes don’t make it onto the budget. But after writing another story about the bankruptcy filings and real estate struggles of two local businessmen, reporters at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch decided it was time to put the issues into perspective, says reporter Tim Logan. “Four of […]

Methods for finding company influence on virtual school policies
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Methods for finding company influence on virtual school policies

Colin Woodard of the Portland Press Herald/ Maine Sunday Telegram checked emails, donations and legislative bills to determine who was behind the state’s  push to approve virtual schools. He writes: “A Maine Sunday Telegram investigation found large portions of Maine’s digital education agenda are being guided behind the scenes by out-of-state companies that stand to […]

Inside the Denver Post’s narrative on naming a computer chip
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Inside the Denver Post’s narrative on naming a computer chip

Andy Vuong of The Denver Post turned the naming of Intel’s latest computer chip into a cool story about a small Colorado town where the “claim to fame” is a one-cell jail. He writes: “Haswell, the chip project, started in 2007. Haswell, the town, was incorporated in 1920 with a population of 250 and 29 […]

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