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New partnership provides investigative reporting on health, safety issues in Connecticut

14 Dec

We’re pleased this morning to kick off a new partnership with the Connecticut Health Investigation Team, led by two Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporters with decades of experience covering the state.

Their work will appear in the New Haven Register, Middletown Press and Register Citizen in both our online and print editions. And we’re off to a great start … a database-driven story this morning about how hundreds of criminal arrests are made in Connecticut schools each year, including of young children and for offenses that used to just mean detention, such as giving a classmate a “wedgie.”

In previous months, using data journalism and traditional methods, C-HIT has written about hospitals pushing patients out the door too quickly, driving high “readmission rates,” about the lack of oversight of the home health care industry in Connecticut, about the asthma rate in the state’s urban areas, problems with Connecticut veterans accessing benefits due to them, and the state of security in Connecticut’s ports.

The effort is grant-funded and part of Paul Bass‘s Online Journalism Project, which also founded the New Haven Independent and the Valley Independent Sentinel.

Director Lynne DeLucia, a former assistant managing editor at the Hartford Courant, and lead writer Lisa Chedekel, a former Courant reporter, (both are also alums of the New Haven Register) have hit upon a reporting niche in the state that was vastly under-served and are owning it.

Like the Independent, the C-HIT project is grant-funded, and the goal is for their reporting to have the biggest impact possible, which means being seen by the biggest audience possible. That means we are paying an extremely affordable rate – a tiny fraction of the cost of adding two health care-focused investigative reporters to our staff – to publish its work. But C-HIT gains more exposure, as well as some funding that supplements grant money.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post misspelled Lynne DeLucia’s first name. It’s “Lynne,” not “Lynn.”