October 24, 2012
A major national investigation into voting rights in the U.S. is now available in e-book form.
“Who Can Vote?” is the 2012 project of Carnegie-Knight News21, a national investigative reporting initiative funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The goal of News21, headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, is to produce in-depth, innovative and interactive investigative journalism on issues of national importance.
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Twenty-four students from 11 universities across the country worked on the voting rights project under the direction of journalism professionals. 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 finished project, launched just before the 2012 national political conventions, consists of more than 20 in-depth reports and rich multimedia content that includes interactive databases and data visualizations, video profiles and photo galleries. Portions of the project were published by The Washington Post, nbcnews.com, National Public Radio, the Center for Public Integrity and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
In the first month of publication, the project drew nearly 8 million page views and more than 10,000 comments on news websites as well as more than 17,000 comments, likes and shares on Facebook and more than 18,000 tweets. The results were cited on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Diane Rehm Show,” “The Rachel Maddow Show” and several other radio and television programs, and the project was the subject of a New America Foundation event on voting rights in Washington, D.C.
The e-book version of the project, published in e-pub and Kindle format, is optimized for long-form reading and viewing on a tablet or e-reader device. Readers can annotate and bookmark the publication for their convenience and reference.
The e-publication is available for download on the News21 national website at http://votingrights.news21.com/article/ebook/. Previous News21 investigations into food safety and transportation safety in the U.S. also are available in e-book format on the News21 national website.