A two-year investigation into how Chicago police handle missing person cases reveals the disproportionate impact on Black women and girls, how police have mistreated family members or delayed cases, and how poor police data is making the problem harder to solve.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the scope of some of the biggest, most complex problems Americans are facing. And that overwhelm often leads to viewing these issues from a distance, taking you further and further from the humans at the center of each struggle.
That’s one of the many reasons local newsrooms across the country are more essential than ever. The journalists investigating these cases are not just uncovering scandals and abuses of power specific to their cities—they’re connecting the dots from silenced voices to national issues. And along the way, putting out meaningful and change-making stories that enable communities all over to learn from one other.
The American Journalism Project has had an incredible year supporting the newsrooms powering this work—including earning a nod from the Anthem Awards for our collaboration with Pocket. So as we come to the end of 2023, we’re eager to draw your attention to the stories you may very well have missed—not because you weren’t looking, but because a crowded media landscape makes them especially tough to find. Read on for deep dives into the topics and places that deserve your attention, from digital redlining in the South to the “delivery deserts” of Wyoming.
Dozens of women in Mississippi have been charged with child abuse crimes that, based on existing state law, they may not have committed.
Never before revealed records show children report instances of abuse, neglect and danger in residential care facilities that go unheard and unchecked by state officials.
An exhaustive investigation details a workplace where managers knew damaged ramps were in use, disregarded employees’ safety concerns and even told workers to use the best of the broken ramps.
Infraction data from the Department of Corrections shows how people are targeted for holding hands, having consensual encounters, or "homosex."
The 28 campuses under Superintendent Mike Miles’ New Education System saw dramatic staff turnover this year, a Houston Landing analysis shows.
Thousands of Detroiters Wait for Affordable Housing While Agency Sits on Hundreds of Empty ApartmentsOutlier Media
More than one in five Detroit Housing Commission units are vacant, far higher than the federal occupancy requirement.
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