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A reporter sets out to explore Santa Cruz County's persistent homelessness crisis and the health risks it poses to both those without homes and the broader community.
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This story was produced as part of a larger project led by Jessica Cejnar, a participant in the USC Center for Health Journalism's 2019 California Fellowship....
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This story was produced as part of a larger project led by Jessica Cejnar, a participant in the USC Center for Health Journalism's 2019 California Fellowship....
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More than half the children in Milwaukee's troubled 53206 ZIP code are living in poverty. It's an area where unemployment is widespread and others are trapped in low-wage jobs.
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On the heels of the fellowship series "The Children of Central City," the New Orleans City Council recently approved a resolution calling for a citywide approach to childhood trauma.
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Most families didn't want to talk to SinoVision reporter Melody Cao about autism in their families. Then she turned to the messaging app WeChat, and found parents suddenly were willing to talk about their challenges.

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In rural California, the state says the solutions to domestic violence require a cultural shift, that entire communities must take responsibility for ending violence against women. Now, new programs on the ancestral lands of the Yurok Tribe are trying to do that.

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The Arizona Republic highlights reporter Bob Ortega's investigation into car seat safety, which found a glaring need for more information, particularly in Spanish-speaking communities. But beyond merely reporting the issue, Ortega's series led to a widespread project to boost awareness.

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In recent years, the idea that journalists should focus on building the future of news with communities — not just for them — has gained traction. Josh Stearns profiles the work of Jeremy Hay, who has embraced this community-first approach with a local news service in East Palo Alto.

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Creating in-roads for community participation and giving local people more power to contribute to local journalism is complex and time-intensive. But the end result can be a public that is more engaged in their communities and in supporting news-gathering efforts.

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