How you can use ‘Uncounted’ CDC data to explore the COVID-19 pandemic’s hidden death toll

How you can use ‘Uncounted’ CDC data to explore the COVID-19 pandemic’s hidden death toll

The Documenting COVID-19 project and the USA TODAY Network spent months investigating where and why COVID-19 deaths go uncounted.

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Uncounted: The hidden death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic

Uncounted: The hidden death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic

In some places, just half of the spike in deaths during the pandemic is blamed on COVID-19. Researchers say that points to a massive undercount.

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Science backs mask mandates. But in Missouri and elsewhere, they’re politically toxic

Science backs mask mandates. But in Missouri and elsewhere, they’re politically toxic

Studies have repeatedly found mandates encourage mask use and slow COVID spread. But politics and lawsuits make them unattractive to policymakers.

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MuckRock and NYU researchers collaborate to help journalists tap AI to tackle growing document releases

MuckRock and NYU researchers collaborate to help journalists tap AI to tackle growing document releases

In collaboration with MuckRock, NYU Professor of Journalism and Emmy Award-Winning reporter Hilke Schellmann and NYU Senior Research Scientist and Tandon Faculty Member Mona Sloane have been awarded $200,000 grant from the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation to bring an innovative AI tool to under-resourced newsrooms to significantly scale up their investigative capacity and democratize access to FOIA records.

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Advocates Say Cicero Needs Reforms to Address Sexual Harm

Advocates Say Cicero Needs Reforms to Address Sexual Harm

Although sex crimes overall are notoriously underreported, and data is not easily accesible, in Cicero some of the reasons may be locally specific, advocacy experts say. Non-English speakers face language barriers, people worry if they do come forward, it will not lead to arrests and even when advocates assist, the experience can be fraught with officer communication problems and delays.

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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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