‘This is really concerning:’ Chicago air quality sensors show disparities across the city — and unexplained spikes in pollution

‘This is really concerning:’ Chicago air quality sensors show disparities across the city — and unexplained spikes in pollution

Nearly two years after the tech company Microsoft installed more than 100 air quality sensors atop bus shelters across Chicago, a MuckRock analysis of the data documents the neighborhood-by-neighborhood hotspots and disparities — and raises questions about how air pollution continues to affect the city’s fenceline communities.

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MuckRock and reporting partners win 2022 Community Champion Award from Institute for Nonprofit News for ‘Uncounted’ COVID-19 project

MuckRock and reporting partners win 2022 Community Champion Award from Institute for Nonprofit News for ‘Uncounted’ COVID-19 project

In its award announcement, the Institute for Nonprofit News noted that “this collaboration among five newsrooms revealed stark disparities in the way medical examiners reported cause of death during the pandemic and introduced a new method of analyzing mortality data.”

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Long COVID is impacting millions of Americans. We want to hear from patients and people caring for them.

Long COVID is impacting millions of Americans. We want to hear from patients and people caring for them.

More than two years after the first Long COVID patients drew attention to their condition, the federal government’s response to this crisis has been frustratingly slow, experts say. If you are a patient, advocate, caregiver, researcher or someone else connected to the Long COVID community, we want to hear your thoughts on these questions.

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Amanda Hickman joins MuckRock as non-profit’s first Chief Operating Officer

Amanda Hickman joins MuckRock as non-profit’s first Chief Operating Officer

Amanda Hickman will join MuckRock as our first Chief Operating Officer. The newly created role will oversee the expansion of MuckRock’s unique mix of software, services and reporting as the organization helps build more informed communities around the world.

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In California, unhealthy pollution from wildfire smoke has become dangerously common

In California, unhealthy pollution from wildfire smoke has become dangerously common

In 2010, the number of Californians living in areas exposed to at least one day of 100 micrograms of PM2.5 barely crossed 200,000. A decade later, that number increased to 4.5 million.

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  • FOIA 101: Tips and Tricks to Make You a Transparency Master

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    Whether it's your first request or your first request *today,* it never hurts to go over the basics. MuckRock's compiled a lot of FOIA advice over the years, and with this project, it's all in one place.

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  • U.S. Officials Response to COVID-19 in the Navajo Nation

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    In partnership with the Indigenous Investigative Collective and the Native American Journalists Association, we're building investigative journalism infrastructure in Indian Country by supporting networked reporting on COVID-19.

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  • DockIns: Machine Learning on Deadline for Journalists

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    As journalists dealing with data and document sets, we find that the most interesting information is usually hidden in large, unstructured, and incomplete sets of documents. Especially information in public contracts: what the government is buying, how much money is being spent, and who are the suppliers. To answer these questions, four media organizations — La Nacion, CLIP, Ojo Público, and MuckRock — joined forces under the JournalismAI Collab and experimented with different machine learning tools and techniques in order to build a platform that helps investigative reporters understand and process unstructured documents to get useful insights.

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