“Once locked in jail,” the lawyers wrote, “each person was told that they had no court date set and that they would not be released until they paid the entirety of their debts or posted a preset $20,000 secured money bond.”
The phrase “time is money” is more brutally true for freelancers than almost anyone else. After a few years of trying to map investigative stories against a freelance reality, I came up with a framework I refer to as “tiers.”
As an investigative reporter with way too many stories I want to do, these are the tools I use to keep up with sources, stories and leads at a rapid rate.
The audit confirms what The Lens found last year: District attorneys’ “traffic diversion” programs siphon funding from public defenders and other agencies.
The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a complaint this week asking the Louisiana Ethics Board to investigate district attorneys’ traffic diversion programs, after a Lens investigation revealed prosecutors were using those programs to siphon ticket revenue directly into their own coffers.
A deep fake is a video that features one person’s face plastered onto another’s body. Though in theory this is nothing new, “deep fake” videos can be surprisingly convincing, and the software to make them has emerged rapidly.
Sheriffs, court clerks, public defenders and other criminal justice agencies in Louisiana have been losing revenue because courts are handling fewer traffic tickets. Some blame a growing program that allows district attorneys to drop tickets if drivers write them a check.
These fines do not go through the court system, which divides revenue among several agencies. Instead, the money goes straight to the district attorney.
Some motorists receive a flyer after they get a ticket, allowing them to take an online course and pay a fee in exchange for having the ticket dropped.
The Associated Press will use an application from Microsoft to give its members the ability to create localized stories using data prepared by its national team, the news cooperative announced Wednesday.
New Orleans, if you're judging by its relative low cost of living, burgeoning entrepreneurial scene and recent explosion of co-working spaces, is a freelancer's town.
For this report, we interviewed more than a dozen reporters, editors and educators and identified three foundational ways to overcome these obstacles and incorporate data journalism into J-school teaching.