6 Dec 2019

What we're reading this week

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Here are some of the stories that caught our attention this week.

'The quiet person you pass on the street': Secret Prisoner Witness J revealed

ABC News / Andrew Probyn

Witness J, a former military intelligence officer, was tried, sentenced and jailed in secret. The ABC's investigation uncovered the events that led to his imprisonment for national security offences.

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The fact-checking industry

Columbia Journalism Review / Emily Bell

"The number of fact-checking organizations is growing, but their association with traditional journalism outlets is weakening."

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The Jungle Prince

The Daily / Ellen Barry

Ellen Barry set out to track down the reclusive royal family of Oudh in New Delhi. She documented her journey into the jungle for The New York Times podcast, The Daily.

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Inside the hate factory: how Facebook fuels far-right profit

The Guardian / Christopher Knaus, Michael McGowan, Nick Evershed and Oliver Holmes

"The revelations show Facebook has failed to stop clandestine actors from using its platform to run coordinated disinformation and hate campaigns."

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Refugees on their own land: the West Papuans in limbo in Papua New Guinea

The Guardian / Jo Chandler

"Up to 7,000 West Papuans live in refugee villages, separated from their homeland by the wide, despoiled Fly River." The Guardian's Pacific project is supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism & Ideas.

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See how the world's most polluted air compares with your city's

The New York Times / Nadja Popovich, Blacki Migliozzi, Karthik Patanjali, Anjali Singhvi, Jon Huang

Particulate pollution is too small to see with the naked eye. The New York Times has provided a visualisation of the tiny particles that "wreak havoc with human health".

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The class of 2000 'could have been anything'

The New York Times / Dan Levin

"For the Minford High School Class of 2000, the opioid crisis is personal. Its members feel it daily when they remember those who died from overdoses, or those who continue to struggle with addiction. Since this class graduated, more than 400,000 Americans have died from opioid overdoses."

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Michael Bloomberg only has himself to blame for Trump's media ban

The Sydney Morning Herald / Michael Knott

"When he announced his presidential run, Bloomberg could have declared that he wanted his organisation to cover him as forensically and fairly as any other candidate ... That's not what he did."

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Boy from the bush joins first Indigenous Sydney to Hobart sailing crew

The Sydney Morning Herald / Ella Archibald-Binge and Rhett Wyman

Gomeroi man Danny Teece-Johnson grew up in Moree, in the north-west of NSW — more than 400 kilometres from the ocean. On Boxing Day he'll set sail as part of the first all-Indigenous crew to compete in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. This story was supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism & Ideas.

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The Mueller Report Illustrated

The Washington Post

The Post has taken its extensive reporting on the Mueller Report and, with the help of an illustrator, turned it into an innovative animated story.