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Reuters

Akhona Matshoba

Tanisha Heiberg

29 March 2021

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Over 55,000 people have become “virtual rangers,” helping to protect South Africa’s Balule Nature Reserve from poachers. Officials at the reserve teamed up with Samsung and Africam to increase the ability to keep watc...

The Verge

Justine Calma

8 March 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, with the help of scientists, academics, and other volunteers, preserved EPA data and information that the Trump administration sought to erase. They held “guerrilla ar...

The Reader

Leah Cates

8 March 2021

Nebraska, United States

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Students and educators in Nebraska are driving the change to change history curriculum to reflect history that places more emphasis on the narratives on indigenous and marginalized peoples. Students are emphasizing of...

FastCompany

Jessica Kantor

1 March 2021

United States

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The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted much of the healthcare system, but the U.S.'s transplant system was largely able to rebound due to collaborative efforts and a pivot to telehealth for post-operative appointments. Addit...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Joel Mathis

1 March 2021

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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As local journalism businesses struggle with dwindling advertising and readership, posing a threat to accountability journalism focused on state and local governments, nonprofit newsrooms are filling some of the void....

The 74

Taylor Swaak

28 February 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Principals in the D.C. area have developed tailored approaches to rebuild trust with families who are wary of letting their children return to in-person classes amid the pandemic. These approaches include close, const...

The New York Times

Jonah Engel Bromwich

Sarah Maslin Nir

Benjamin Weiser

26 February 2021

New York, United States

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In the more than five years since New York's governor ordered the attorney general to take charge of investigations and prosecutions when police kill unarmed people, only three police officers have been charged with c...

Grist

Shannon Osaka

26 February 2021

United States

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A tax credit was supposed to incentive Americans to buy electric vehicles, but testimony from car buyers and research has shown that only people who can afford the full purchase are getting access to the benefit. The ...

Voices of Monterey Bay

Sydney Brown

26 February 2021

Monterey Bay, California, United States

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College students in Monterey Bay are pairing up with K-12 classrooms to teach students about civic engagement. The college students are then invited to give presentations during class time on topics ranging from the c...

The Counter

Virginia Gewin

25 February 2021

Ghana

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A growing number of governments, companies, and nonprofit organizations are working together with new technology and data to identify fishing vessels that are breaking laws and engaging in human rights violations. Usi...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Stan Finger

23 February 2021

Kansas, United States

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City websites have embraced technology, allowing residents to pay bills, request permits, and attend council or commission meetings online. The shift, which was accelerated by the pandemic, also made the websites cruc...

Texas Tribune

Vianna Davila

Jeremy Schwartz

Kiah Collier

22 February 2021

Texas, United States

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After winter storms and freezing temperatures in 2011 and 2014 caused power plants in Texas to shut down, the state’s energy regulators failed to adapt the state’s electric grid for future extreme weather events. Expe...

Next City

Emily Nonko

18 February 2021

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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Since it was reported that Newark’s lead levels in the city’s drinking water were higher than federal standards, the Newark Water Coalition installed a Water Box. This is a portable filtration system that removes cont...

Mongabay

Peter Yeung

11 February 2021

Brazil

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The National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado coalition of Indigenous peoples and organizational partners is fighting political challenges to preserve the region’s native vegetation and biodiversity. The Cerrado is ...

The New Yorker

David Owen

8 February 2021

Rome, Holy See (Vatican City State)

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Molly Burhans, a young cartographer and environmentalist, is using GIS technology to map out the Catholic Church’s global property holdings to encourage them to improve the environmental impact on the lands they own. ...

The Huffington Post

Kyla Mandel

5 February 2021

England, United Kingdom

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As governments and businesses make pledges to cut their carbon emissions, planting tress has become a popular solution to combat the effects of climate change. But tree-planting schemes take time and proper management...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Rina Chandran

4 February 2021

New Delhi, India

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Because of internet shutdowns, six friends created a bilingual newspaper to document and record the farmer protests in India. Thousands of farmers have been protesting for weeks about the government’s new agricultural...

The GroundTruth Project

Jake Wittich

3 February 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The Chicago Black Drag Council launched after a series of protests that called on Chicago’s LGBTQ neighborhood to address racial discrimination and oppression. A handful of businesses quickly agreed to a live-streamed...

Slate

Neil Richards

29 January 2021

South Korea

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Having learned from a failed response to Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS), the South Korea government and health officials enacted a proactive and effective strategy to contain the spread of 'Covid-...

The Greenville News

Daniel J. Gross

28 January 2021

South Carolina, United States

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After the South Carolina legislature in 2005 began requiring police to enforce a seat-belt law with traffic stops, it imposed on all police departments a duty to track and report traffic-stop data on drivers' race. Th...

CBS News

Li Cohen

28 January 2021

United States

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Native and Indigenous individuals are using TikTok to share aspects of their traditions, challenge stereotypes, and empower young people to be proud of their culture. The videos range from instructional, teaching peop...

Poynter

Julia Métraux

26 January 2021

United States

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In its first year, the Prison Journalism Project published hundreds of articles by more than 140 incarcerated writers in 28 states. The project provides journalism-skills training and then a platform for the work of i...

ProPublica

Brianna Bailey

26 January 2021

United States

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The CARES Act was meant to help small businesses, including hospitals, find financial stability during the coronavirus pandemic, but confusing guidelines and a lack of oversight have impeded the success. This reality ...

Poynter

Amaris Castillo

25 January 2021

Mexico

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The Cartel Project formed an international team of journalists that produced a five-part series on the murder of Mexican journalist Regina Martinez. The series also explored the subjects that Martinez's killers attemp...

BBC

David Silverberg

22 January 2021

United Kingdom

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Quick Response (QR) codes have become a popular way to conduct contactless business, and even contact tracing, during the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants and retail stores allow customers to order and pay by scannin...

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