News21 Launches National Voting Rights Project

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“Who Can Vote?,” a project of News21, the national investigative reporting project funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, has launched a web site providing in-depth, innovative and interactive investigative journalism on issues of national importance.

The voting rights project was produced by 24 students from 11 universities across the country under the direction of journalism professionals. The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation provided a grant supporting the work of six of the students, and the Hearst Foundations supported another three fellows.

The program is headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Starting in May, students participated in an intensive 10-week investigative reporting fellowship based out of a newsroom at the Cronkite School in Phoenix. The fellows traveled to more than 40 cities, 21 states and one U.S. territory, conducted more than 1,000 interviews, requested thousands of public records and reviewed nearly 5,000 documents. Their most ambitious effort was to gather, organize and analyze all reported cases of election fraud in the U.S. since 2000, building the most comprehensive database of its kind.

The project consists of more than 20 in-depth reports and rich multimedia content that includes interactive databases and data visualizations, video profiles and photo galleries.

Major media partners that published all or part of the project include The Washington Post, NBC.com, National Public Radio, The Center for Public Integrity, The Philadelphia Inquirer, El Nuevo Herald, nonprofit investigative online sites affiliated with the Investigative News Network and New America Media, which represents ethnic media.