Students fight, and lose, when looking for records on athletic concussions; Russian Facebook ads analyzed; Midwest key to Trump in 2020; and look out MN — we want our millennials back
Of note: In a story relevant to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism’s ongoing coverage of concussions in sports, the Student Press Law Center finds it is not just in Wisconsin where injury data are hard to come by. (See WisconsinWatch.org for another installment in our concussion series.) We also offer a shoutout to our former intern, Nick Penzenstadler, who along with a team of USA TODAY NETWORK reporters, read all 3,517 (!) Facebook ads the Russians beamed at us. Read about Wisconsin’s efforts to lure Minnesota millennials. And know that we here in flyover country may hold the most power when it comes to President Donald Trump’s future.
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Between unclear state policies and privacy laws, finding concussion data can be a headache for reporters
Student Press Law Center — May 10, 2018
Over the last decade, sports concussions have become an increasingly high-profile topic. But reporters looking at concussions at the high school and college level face significant barriers in obtaining the data needed for these stories. School officials often deny requests for generalized concussion data, incorrectly citing privacy laws, and sometimes concussion information isn’t being tracked in the first place. Earlier from WCIJ: University of Wisconsin football players downplay warnings while proof of brain injury — even from small hits — piles up and Former Badger plans legal action; says he ‘wasn’t aware of brain injury’ risk
Washington Post — May 10, 2018
A report by the Washington Post traces the long arc of changing perceptions of Donald Trump voters, from the initial recognition of Trump as an unforeseen political force to the expectations during the early weeks of his presidency, and then through various chapters of chaos, dysfunction and policy changes.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — May 11, 2018
In a USA Today report written by former WCIJ intern Nick Penzenstadler, Brad Heath and Jessica Guynn, reporters reviewed each of the 3,517 Facebook ads bought by Russians. The Russian-based Internet Research Agency consistently promoted ads designed to inflame race-related tensions — more than half made express references to race. An interactive approach by the New York Times allows readers to see which Facebook ads Russians targeted to people like themselves.
MinnPost — May 15, 2018
Last month, Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill approving $6.8 million for efforts to attract workers including an ad campaign that will highlight the perks of Wisconsin life in the hopes of attracting millennials form other Midwestern states. Most years, however, Minnesota gains a lot more Sconnies than Wisconsin gains Minnesotans.