Indiana’s heroin pipeline has unclear beginnings

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The latest drug to take hold of the state doesn’t make as much sense, though. Heroin, the highly-addictive drug derived from the opium plant, has worked its way across Indiana, even into some of its most rural regions. But unlike meth, home-grown heroin doesn’t exist in the state.
So where is it coming from? The answer depends whom you ask. Continue Reading →

Indiana’s contested moratorium on opioid treatment programs

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Many treatment facilities offer abstinence programs that require patients to stop using all drugs immediately. A much smaller cadre of facilities, known as Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs), offer an alternative approach that involves weaning individuals off of heroin by providing them with a substitute drug, such as methadone or buprenorphine. Continue Reading →

IJEC launches new initiative, expands resources

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This week the Investigative Journalism Education Consortium begins a new initiative in bringing together journalism educators from throughout the world who teach investigative reporting.

The idea to expand the range of IJEC emerged from the Global Investigative Journalism Conference held in October in Rio de Janeiro where the conference organized for the first time a professor track of sessions and presentation of papers. Continue Reading →

Data journalism in an Environment of Competing Government Media: Where to begin? Ecuador case (Spanish)

This academic essay explores which are the first steps to be taken by journalists and media to boost data journalism amid an atmosphere of constant struggle between the government and the press. The essay will be focus on the analysis of the Ecuadorian case, with brief references to data journalism development experiences in other countries. Continue Reading →

Journalism and Social Appropriation of Knowledge (Spanish)

In Latin America, the 1997 UNESCO directives, and laws that protect the provision of higher education contemplates, besides teaching, extracurricular activities and research as a mission. The research should foster the search and generation of knowledge from the universities.

Consequently, social communication and journalism programs, seeking increasingly competent and comprehensive students aiming for long term journalism and not just breaking news, need urgently to depend less of curricular programs training and pursue an investigative culture that have impact in the professional skills of their graduates Continue Reading →

Learning to be Guided by Data: The Training of Journalists Team Estadão Data (Portuguese)

The article presents the partial results of over 50 hours of non-participant observation of the routines of the first team of data -driven journalism ( JGD ) formed in the Brazilian press : journalists and programmers responsible for publishing Estadão data, the newspaper O Estado de São Paul . The observation is complemented by interviews with team members and document analysis , following the suggestion of Singer (2011 ) for an ethnographic approach including a triangulation of information sources . Continue Reading →

Development Efforts to Promote Investigative Reporting: A Preliminary Assessment of Centers in Azerbaijan, Jordan, Bangladesh, and Bosnia

Over the past decade the international development community, from the World Bank to USAID, has come to regard investigative journalism as a silver bullet to fire at corruption and public apathy in its fight for good governance in emerging democracies. Internationally, governments spend more though media development than do private media on investigative reporting. This has contributed to the emergence of more than 100 investigative centers around the world, according to Center for International Media Assistance reports on global trends in investigative reporting. But while the goals of these centers are similarly lofty – reduce corruption, empower citizens, increase transparency, improve government accountability -- results are mixed. Continue Reading →

Toward Construction of New Paradigms in Teaching Journalism in Mexico (Spanish)

In the last decade, Mexico has become one of the most difficult parts of the continent for being a journalist. Apart from the huge violence against journalists, there is job insecurity linked to a deep stagnation of investigative methods and tools in journalism schools.
This work intends to show, from a general analysis of the gaps, challenges and opportunities for journalism schools, a proposal for incorporating new content in journalism education to strengthen the technological capabilities of their graduates. Continue Reading →

The Relationship (im)possible: Access to Public Information As a Tool of Investigative Journalism in Mexico (Spanish)

The access to public information has become an important tool for investigative journalism. In Mexico, the law that guarantees access to public documents is ten years old and has been recognized as a pioneer law in the world. However, neither the progress on transparency and accountability in the country, nor the journalism projects using institutional resources appear to have met the expectations but, in fact, they may reflect a setback.
Given this view, this paper analyzes the two forces that have been combined in the Mexican context. Continue Reading →