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    ACEsTooHigh.com

    Reporting on the science, education, and policy surrounding childhood trauma

    ACEsTooHigh.com.pngWINTERS, CA — In 1998, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the results of one of the largest studies ever... More >
     
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  1. Recently Updated: Jan 4, 2011 01:59 PM

    I-News

    Colorado investigative journalism with statewide import and local impact

    By Colin Fleming

    rkymtninvestigate.png DENVER, COLORADO — On December 16, 2010, Laura Frank, the executive director of I-News (formerly known as the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network), delivered her commencement speech for the University of Colorado's soon-to-be-defunct journalism school. Frank was optimistic about the future of the industry: "I now recognize you actually are embarking on this adventure at one of the most exciting times - perhaps the most exciting time - in the history of journalism and mass communication," she said. "Never have...

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  2. Jan 5, 2011 04:06 PM

    IGN

    The web's definitive video game press

    By Sean Gandert

    IGN.png SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — IGN, which began in 1996 as just another video game site in a flood of similar sites with a similar voice, has become one of the behemoths of Internet journalism, with over 13 million unique visitors a month and a staff size rivaling that of many newspapers. Its success is a model for how a Web site can tap a specific niche audience and do so well enough to create a publication that goes beyond the...

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  3. Jan 3, 2011 04:54 PM

    indieWIRE

    Independent film news for fans, filmmakers, and insiders

    By Sean Gandert

    indiewire.png NEW YORK, NEW YORK — IndieWIRE is a daily news site and online resource that covers all aspects of specialty and independent film. Founded in 1996, the site is known for its dogged coverage of film festivals around the world and its efforts to support the independent filmmaking community itself. The site's multifaceted approach to film coverage has earned it a following among fans and industry professionals alike. Read more about indieWIRE "We sort of look at our audience as...

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  4. Feb 3, 2012 04:54 PM

    InMaricopa

    Online community news for an Arizona town damaged by the housing crisis

    By Tom Marcinko

    inmaricopa.png MARICOPA, ARIZONA — When the InMaricopa website launched in 2004, the once-small town of Maricopa, Ariz. was in the midst of a massive population boom. With families seeking cheaper housing outside of Phoenix, the former nineteenth-century mail stop on the Gila River went from 1,000 residents in 2000 to 40,000 in 2010. In 2006, housing prices began to level off, two years before the town gained national attention from ABC's Nightline as the "Poster Child for the Housing Crisis," and...

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  5. Mar 11, 2011 11:11 AM

    Inner City Press

    A one-man show reporting on the United Nations

    By Armin Rosen

    Inner.City.Press.png NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Every weekday at noon, a spokesperson for the United Nations briefs the media in the auditorium at the Dag Hammarskjold library, just adjacent to the world body's towering Secretariat building in New York. And every weekday, Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press is there, asking about topics that no other member of the press corps will touch. His website is starkly organized, with a look that brings to mind early Geocities pages and the...

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  6. Jul 26, 2011 08:20 AM

    Innovation Trail

    Public radio takes to the web to cover upstate New York's transitioning economy

    By Maura R. O'Connor

    innovation.trail.png ROCHESTER, NEW YORK — Fifty years ago the economy of upstate New York was rooted in industry and manufacturing, but in recent decades these sectors have dramatically declined. In the 1980s alone, hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs were lost, according to the Albany Times Union. "Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse were heavy industrial areas," says journalist Juan Vazquez. "A lot of the economy was based on manufacturing... There's a definite transition of what the economy is going to be here. How...

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  7. Jul 11, 2011 03:48 PM

    Inside Facebook

    Data-heavy news and analysis of the Internet's hottest property

    By Arvin Temkar

    inside_facebook.png PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA — As the social networking behemoth Facebook shapes the way people think about everything from privacy to public relations, and as rumors continue to circulate about a possible 2012 IPO that could value Facebook at over $100 billion, the site Inside Facebook, which analyzes the company's growth, has become increasingly relevant. Internet media entrepreneur Justin Smith started Inside Facebook in April 2006 to provide coverage of and research on the rapidly growing social network. Geared specifically for...

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  8. Mar 24, 2011 03:48 PM

    Inside the Hall

    The go-to site for Hoosier basketball fanatics

    By Connor Boals

    Inside.The.Hall.png BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA — What began as a couple buddies blogging about their passion for their alma mater has grown into a mecca for fans of Indiana University basketball. Inside the Hall is the perfect web resource for a region known for its devout basketball culture. Started by Alex Bozich, Ryan Corazza, and Eamonn Brennan in 2007 as a hobby, the site soon grew to a legitimate resource for stories from a fan perspective. The three are all IU grads themselves...

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  9. Oct 24, 2011 07:04 PM

    InsideClimate News

    Environment news and investigations

    By Alysia Santo

    BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — After experimenting with a variety of quick-hit approaches to environmental coverage, a four-year-old online news startup focused on climate change is moving in a slower, more involved reportorial direction. Originally launched in 2007 as SolveClimate News, the site announced on September 6, 2011 that it had hired an executive editor, Susan White, and changed its name to InsideClimate News “to better reflect the investigative mission it will pursue under her leadership.” The addition of White, formerly...

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  10. Apr 5, 2011 01:06 PM

    Intersections South Los Angeles

    USC students report on their neighboring communities

    By David Downs

    Intersections.png LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — When conservative Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly needs a sparring partner on immigration issues, his producers occasionally turn to a totally under-the-radar nonprofit news site, Intersections South Los Angeles. The two-year-old site, a hybrid of hyperlocal reporting and user-generated news, runs on grant and university funds and operates out of the University of Southern California. Editor-in-chief Willa Seidenberg, a journalism professor at USC's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, says the operation's goals differ from those...

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  11. Jan 5, 2011 04:26 PM

    InvestigateWest

    Investigative journalism for the Pacific Northwest

    By Colin Fleming

    investwest.png SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — Seattle's InvestigateWest may have a small budget and a tiny newsroom--but the organization's impact consistently belies its size. Founded in 2009, the small investigative nonprofit led by former Seattle Post-Intelligencer staffer Rita Hibbard has emerged as a major player in regional journalism, reporting on everything from chronic homelessness to the widespread poisoning of children by rat poison. Read more about InvestigateWest In 2010, the site produced a massive expose on the risk of what Hibbard calls "second-hand...

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  12. Jan 4, 2011 02:10 PM

    Investigative Newsource

    Investigative journalism for San Diego and beyond

    By Colin Fleming

    watchdoginstitute.png SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA — Investigative editor Lorie Hearn does it all. She runs the business, raises the funds, edits the stories, does the books, and dusts the office. She even brings the bagels and cream cheese. Hearn, a former editor for the San Diego Union-Tribune, now leads Investigate Newsource, formerly known as The Watchdog Institute, a three-person nonprofit investigative outlet run out of San Diego State University. The site has covered everything from the Staff Congressional Cigar Association, a smoking...

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  13. Jan 3, 2011 06:21 PM

    Investigative Reporting Workshop

    Multimedia reporting in a university setting

    By Colin Fleming

    investreportwkshp.png WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop is one of sixteen university-based investigative journalism centers, but the only one in the nation's capital. Founded in 2008 by Charles Lewis and Wendell Cochran, both veteran journalists and professors at the university, the Workshop produces original reporting and mentors the next generation of investigative journalists. This dual mandate creates a unique newsroom; undergraduate and graduate students work alongside veteran professors to create original content that appears in outlets from...

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  14. Oct 31, 2011 03:15 PM

    Issue Media Group

    A network of feel-good local business news sites

    By Erik Shilling

    issue.media.group.png DETROIT, MICHIGAN — It's been six years since Paul Schutt and Brian Boyle founded Detroit-based Model D, a business news website that orients itself toward the positive side of the job loss-plagued Motor City. The site was the first of what would turn into Issue Media Group, a network of nineteen city-based websites, from Tampa Bay to Toronto. In each case, Schutt, Boyle, and a third business partner, Deepa Ramsinghani, have employed roughly the same template: optimistically-minded business, technology, and...

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  15. Jan 5, 2011 04:38 PM

    iWatch News (The Center for Public Integrity)

    Twenty years' worth of investigative journalism for the public welfare

    By Colin Fleming

    i.watch.png centerpubinteg.png WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — The Center for Public Integrity celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2010 with a YouTube video detailing its many accomplishments. The organization has won more than forty national journalism awards, pursued more than seventy major investigative projects, published sixteen books, and, perhaps most significantly, has been cited in print and electronic media more than 15,000 times. Now, the Center has started to embrace the complexity of the web. Read more about Center for Public Integrity Charles...

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