Over the past six months, reporters working on a series about high school sports concussions in Oregon have made 235 requests for records — or rather, the same request 235 times. Oregon has one state law to govern how local jurisdictions handle public records. But the responses to this same request are wide and varied across the state.
While we now know that football tops the list of concussion injuries per sport, the focus on football skews concussion discussions about other sports risks of concussion. We explore how to evaluate those risks alongside the benefits of physical activity for kids.
InvestigateWest, the Pamplin Media Group and the Agora Journalism Center are teaming up with high school students and others to investigate concussions among high school athletes. If you’re interesting in contributing to this effort please get in touch. We’d especially like to hear from high school students.
Oregon Congressman Greg Walden is drawing the ire of net neutrality proponents for opposing FCC consumer protections while receiving contributions from big telecommunications companies. But the story isn’t quite as black and white as you might think.
InvestigateWest’s work resulted in 13 laws being passed in Washington and Oregon this year, and $48 million in foster care funding being appropriated in Washington. News partners involved in the coverage include Crosscut.com, KCTS9 TV and Pamplin Media Group.
Unbelievably, the Oregon Legislature gave a blanket exemption from the Public Records Law to documentation of where bedbug outbreaks are going on. Will the Oregon Legislature move forward in the next few days on cleaning up exemptions to the law?
Stress is the bedfellow of serious journalism – and for good reason
As a young reporter I was taught about the five W’s of journalism: Who, what, where, when and why. Nearly 20 years into my career, I’ve realized that another “W” word is critical to doing my job: worry. Take, for example, the recent story I wrote for InvestigateWest, in partnership with The Nation. The story tries to answer the question of why the Goldwater Institute, a conservative Republican think tank in Arizona was trying to use a series of lawsuits to dismantle the Indian Child Welfare Act, a landmark law created to keep Indian families intact. The article follows the people involved, the lawyers who are bringing the lawsuits, and the tribal members who would feel its impact.