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Corporate money keeps university ag schools ‘relevant,’ and makes them targets of donor criticism

Large donors can put universities in potentially awkward positions when faculty conclusions conflict with the interests of those benefactors. Data collected by Harvest Public Media and Investigate Midwest shows corporations have given at least $170 million to ag colleges in the past decade.

November 15, 2021 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2021/11/15/corporate-money-keeps-university-ag-schools-relevant-and-makes-them-targets-of-donor-criticism/

Our Awards

Our November 11, 2020 story by Sky Chadde, Investigate Midwest with Rachel Axon, Kyle Bagenstose and Kevin Crowe, USA TODAY, won first place in the News category of the 2021 North American Agricultural Journalists Writing Contest and Outstanding Occupational Safety and Health News Story of the Year Award from the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).

June 14, 2021 | https://investigatemidwest.org/our-awards/

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Summer 2021 internships

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting is looking for applicants for its summer 2021 internship program. 

The Midwest Center is a nonprofit newsroom devoted to covering agriculture and Big Ag and its influence on government, labor and our food supply.

March 18, 2021 | https://investigatemidwest.org/jobs-2/

‘They think workers are like dogs.’ How pork plant execs sacrificed safety for profits.  

USA TODAY and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting spent five months piecing together the pivotal moments in the Triumph Foods outbreak, interviewing more than a dozen current and former workers and examining thousands of pages of government records.

November 11, 2020 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2020/11/11/they-think-workers-are-like-dogs-how-pork-plant-execs-sacrificed-safety-for-profits/

Confidential coronavirus outbreak data shows undisclosed incidents at prisons, workplaces, schools, meatpacking plants across Illinois

Newly obtained confidential statewide data shows that coronavirus outbreaks in workplaces, schools and prisons are driving Illinois’ rising cases — and many of these outbreaks have never been made public.

October 7, 2020 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2020/10/07/confidential-coronavirus-outbreak-data-shows-undisclosed-incidents-at-prisons-workplaces-schools-meatpacking-plants-across-illinois/