Investigative reporting in the hands of students

By DANIELA RODRIGUEZ

As journalism students, we feel like we have the duty to be ethical and provide the best coverage on a political topic. That is why it is refreshing to see that News21, a Carnegie Corporation of New York and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation initiative on the Future of Journalism Education, was launched in 2005. Using around 500 of the top journalism students in the U.S., News21 provides the in-depth investigative reporting on hot topics and are trying to help change the way journalism is taught in the U.S.

This program is headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

All the topics they investigate and report about is shared on their website for free. Some of the topics they have reported about in past are about immigration in post-9/11 America, energy and the environment, the Latino experience across America, and currently, they are currently investigating about voting rights and how safe is the food people eat.

What is special about the coverage is that reporters really go in-depth and show statistics about the topic. For example, on the voting rights topic, they found out that there have only been 2,068 alleged voter fraud cases since 2000, so they are trying to see as to whether the new laws passed by legislation is many states to avoid voter fraud is either helpful or not. There are also videos talking about subtopics such as how this will affect Latino’s and how the South will be facing something similar to Jim Crowe policies.

Their work has appeared in major national publications, including The Washington Post, MSNBC.com, the Center for Public Integrity, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, The Seattle Times, USA Today, The New York Times, and many more.

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