A MuckRock guide on how to make sense of wildfire smoke and interpret data in real time
MuckRock has a list of resources on wildfire smoke, particulate matter and interpreting air pollution data.
How MuckRock and DocumentCloud can make collaborative reporting more user-friendly
MuckRock data reporter Dillon Bergin talks about using FOI and document tools for newsroom partnerships at the Collaborative Journalism Summit in Washington, D.C.
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The Coronado News y MuckRock quieren informar sobre la crisis de las aguas residuales de Tijuana con tu ayuda.
The Tijuana sewage crisis sickens thousands each year. We want to hear from you.
The Coronado News and MuckRock want to report on the Tijuana sewage crisis with your help.
As wildfire smoke worsens public health, government watchdog calls EPA response ‘ad hoc’
Congressional investigators say the use of a regulatory loophole to erase smoke pollution from the official record is on the rise.
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FOIA 101: Tips and Tricks to Make You a Transparency Master★ Featured
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.
Dangers in Our Air: Mapping Chicago’s Air Pollution Hotspots★ Featured
Chicago’s air quality is among the worst in the U.S., and the city has several local hotspots for particulate matter 2.5 — the tiny particles that come from diesel trucks and industry and enter people’s lungs and blood, causing significant health problems. Between April 2021 and March 2023, the tech company Microsoft installed and monitored 115 air quality sensors across Chicago. We worked with Chicago newsrooms, including the Cicero Independiente, WBEZ and the Chicago Sun-Times, to analyze this data for a series of stories on the city’s comparatively poor air quality. We then installed our own air quality sensors in Chicago neighborhoods that lacked coverage in the Microsoft network — and looked for trends and spikes in pollution.
Uncounted: An investigation of U.S. death certificate errors and the undercount of COVID-19 deaths★ Featured
Death certificates have long been prone to error. During the pandemic, they've gotten worse, resulting in thousands of uncounted COVID-19 deaths. "Uncounted" is a collaboration between MuckRock, the USA TODAY network and dozens of local newsrooms around the country. We found that short-staffed, undertrained and overworked coroners and medical examiners took families at their word when they called to report the death of a relative at home. Coroners and medical examiners didn’t review medical histories or order tests to look for COVID-19. The result is a skewed picture of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.
Disappearing Day Care: Child Care Crisis in the U.S.★ Featured
"Disappearing Day Care" is our ongoing series on the U.S. child care industry. We published our first part of this series in Michigan in 2022, with the Detroit Free-Press and Chalkbeat Detroit. In 2023, we are focusing on Missouri, with The Missouri Independent.