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The View From New Haven: What Went Wrong With Digital First

Dan Kennedy | Posted 06.02.2014 | Media
Dan Kennedy

The end may be near for one of the most widely watched experiments in local journalism. But for someone who has been watching the Digital First story play out in New Haven for the past five years, what happened today was more a disappointment than a surprise.

Beyond the Tea Party: How the IRS Is Killing Nonprofit Media

Dan Kennedy | Posted 07.16.2013 | Media
Dan Kennedy

Over the past few years the IRS has virtually stopped approving 501(c)(3) status for nonprofit news organizations. Even when applications for 501(c)(3) status aren't rejected outright, they are stacking up, unacted upon, for months and even years.

Teacher Of The Year: Let Us Lead

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of the New Haven Independent. New Haven’s teacher of the year put on a “phosphorescent” shirt and lit up an O...

In New Haven, A School Reform Drive With No Traction

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of ...

Homeless Teen In Connecticut Finds His Way To College

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. After finishing his last class at Hillhouse High School, Joseph Marini navigated the O bu...

Gay Rights 'Social Justice Teach-In' 'Hit Home' For Students

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 03.30.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Picture this: You're changing in the locker room. Another student, who is gay, walks into...

Teen Commutes 4 Hours In The Dark For School: 'It's Like You're Never Finished"

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 03.16.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Think you have a long commute? Nikita Rodriguez spent three and a half hours traveling ho...

College-Going Program Expands In Connecticut High Schools

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 02.26.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. College-going boosters showed up at the city's biggest high school with a "secret sauce"-...

High School Nixes Letter Grades On Report Cards For 'Honest Appraisals'

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 02.19.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. When students showed up for report card night at High School in the Community, they didn'...

New Haven Teachers Union President's 3rd Term Win Marks Step In Ed Reform

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 12.20.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. The teachers union issued a mandate on New Haven’s leap into embracing school reform by...

Connecticut Schools Report Card Reveals Black-Latino Graduation Gap

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Two-thirds of black students, but only half of Hispanics, graduated from Wilbur Cross Hig...

75 Percent Of Connecticut Town's TFA Recruits Leave Schools

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 12.07.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Kait moved out. Kate moved in. Same apartment, same job, same mission: To reach kids at o...

75 Percent Of Connecticut Town's TFA Recruits Leave Schools

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 12.06.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Kait moved out. Kate moved in. Same apartment, same job, same mission: To reach kids at o...

District Rejects High School's Democratic Vote To Overturn Dress Code

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 01.12.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. New Haven's superintendent of schools put his foot down on experimentation in New Haven "...

District Balks At High School's Democratic Vote To Overturn Dress Code

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 01.07.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Students and teachers at a "turnaround" school got a double lesson in democracy: They vot...

Connecticut Moms Shut Out Of Pre-K Spots Start Montessori Petition

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Parents who feel shut out of New Haven pre-K spots have proposed a school reform idea of ...

Students Debate Free Speech: Does The U.S. Constitution Protect Bad Hair Days?

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 12.29.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. A week before voters go to the polls, the two opposing campaigns squared off on a questio...

In Second Year, Teacher Evaluations Ease Out 28 Educators

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 10.11.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. NEW HAVEN, CONN. -- Of the 58 teachers flagged as low-performing last academic year, the ...

Turnaround School Takes History Class To The Streets

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 10.09.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Students led their teachers out of school, onto a city bus, and to a housing complex they...

Turnaround School Gives Struggling, 'Misfit' Students A Second Chance

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 11.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Alex Nembhard squeezed the vise grips to break free a rusted bolt on a kid's bicycle, as ...

In Connecticut Turnaround School, Teens Get To Assign Their Own Homework

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 09.18.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Solanlly Canas had to tackle some tough math problems at home—and she had herself to th...

School Now Run By Teachers, Union, Had Turbulent History

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 09.04.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. They set out to invent a new kind of school. They created a national model—then failed ...

Report: School Officials Led Cheating, Rule-Bending 'Culture'

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 11.04.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Officials dropped a bomb Monday night right before the opening of the academic year: They...

School Run By Teachers, Union, Ditches Factory 'Assembly Line' Learning

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Sixty-five freshmen are about to embark on a new journey to reimagine a high school educa...

Unlikely Academic Overcame Obstacles, Now Helping Struggling Students

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 07.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. After her brother was killed by gunfire, and with no parents to turn to for help, Patrici...