Michigan aims to boost child care supply by helping entrepreneurs navigate red tape

Michigan aims to boost child care supply by helping entrepreneurs navigate red tape

A new Michigan initiative, Our Strong Start, pairs child care entrepreneurs with a staffer from the state licensing agency who helps with paperwork and obtaining inspections. The program seeks to address problems raised in MuckRock’s “Disappearing Day Care” investigation, which found that Michigan’s child care supply is even more limited than experts thought.

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Documenting COVID-19 project, MuckRock, Missouri Independent collaboration wins 2 first-place Missouri Press Association awards for health and pandemic coverage

Documenting COVID-19 project, MuckRock, Missouri Independent collaboration wins 2 first-place Missouri Press Association awards for health and pandemic coverage

Columbia University’s Documenting COVID-19 project, MuckRock and the Missouri Independent won two first-place prizes for its COVID-19 pandemic and health coverage in the 2022 Missouri Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

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Join us on Democracy Day and use open records to spotlight threats to democracy

Join us on Democracy Day and use open records to spotlight threats to democracy

Democracy Day 2022 is almost here. MuckRock is excited to be one of an ever-growing list of organizations taking part in the coordinated initiative on September 15, spearheaded by the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. To help kick things off, here’s some FOIA inspiration to help you file your own requests.

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What We Learned About Michigan’s Child Care Crisis From Parents and Providers

What We Learned About Michigan’s Child Care Crisis From Parents and Providers

We received more than 170 stories from parents and providers about Michigan’s child care crisis, many of which included detailed policy proposals. Here are seven of those ideas.

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Building trust before collaborating and other lessons from the Transparency Corps

Building trust before collaborating and other lessons from the Transparency Corps

The Transparency Corps experience has been expectedly different for each participant. Efrain Soriano shares lessons learned so far and how it’s shaping how he approaches his work now.

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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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