Some serious journalism for Lunch Links

For Lunch Links today, I thought I’d take a bit more time to point out some incredible pieces of journalism that have caught my attention this week.

First, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Journalism, one of the nation’s most prestigious journalism awards, were given out this week.

The finalists included this bilingual report, Rape in the Fields/Violación de un Sueño about the prevalence of sexual assaults amongst migrant farm works. The piece was put together as an joint investigation between the Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) at UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), FRONTLINE and Univisión Documentaries.

It’s a sobering look at the dangers that many women face as they work providing our nation’s food supply.

A little more locally, WRAL’s Mark Binker boiled down how top dollars flooded into legislative races, with a profile of the $1 million that led to Republican state Sen. Chad Barefoot’s win in 2012 over a Democratic incumbent Doug Berger.

The piece (click here) is lengthy, but boils down some of the rules and workarounds of campaign finance that can so often be confusing to the larger public.

If campaign finance and the emergence of behind-the-scenes election dollars is your thing, make sure you check out this report from ProPublica, “Buying Your Money: Dark Money and Big Data.” There are loads of interactive features to look at how races across the nation are getting propped up from corporate and political party money.

All of that campaign finance talk is a good reminder that today’s the deadline for North Carolina state elected officials to turn in their campaign finance reports for the second half of 2013.

The state Board of Elections compiles the forms electronically here, and will be uploaded in coming days.

Happy sleuthing!

2 Comments

  1. Frances Jenkins

    February 2, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I am a little dismayed Senator Hagan raised $400,00.00 outside NC from Emily List and Sarah is not aware or refuses to discuss this important issue.

  2. Alan

    February 3, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Frances,

    Would it be asking too much, that just once, you would actually comment on the article in question?

    Perhaps we should discuss the source of this states GOP funding? I’d love to know who exactly is funding the neo-fascists.