Sacramento Bee wins Nieman’s Worth Bingham Prize

first_imgThe Sacramento Bee has won the Nieman Foundation’s $20,000 Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism for its five-part series “Nevada Patient Busing.”The Bee’s investigation found that over the course of five years, the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas transported more than 1,500 mentally ill patients out of Nevada by bus, sending at least one person to every state in the continental U.S. A third of those patients were sent to California.Many patients were sent away without plans for treatment or housing and in some cases, to cities where they had no personal contacts. Some of them were violent offenders who committed crimes in their new cities.Lead reporters Cynthia Hubert and Phillip Reese spent months tracking down former patients and others involved in the story, interviewing hundreds of people in the process. The series has spurred a number of changes and reforms. Nevada legislators increased funding for mental health by roughly $30 million and state and federal agencies are reviewing the hospital’s treatment protocols.The $20,000 Bingham Prize will be presented to The Sacramento Bee on April 10, 2014, at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.The annual award honors investigative reporting of stories of national significance where the public interest is being ill-served. Worth Bingham, who died at the age of 34, achieved prominence as an investigative journalist and was vice president and assistant to the publisher for the Louisville Courier-Journal. His family and friends created the prize in his memory in 1967. He was a 1954 Harvard graduate. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Akyeampong named faculty director at Center for African Studies

first_imgEmmanuel Kwaku Akyeampong, professor of history and of African and African-American studies, has been named the Oppenheimer Faculty Director at the Center for African Studies.Akyeampong, who joined Harvard faculty in 1993, is senior historian of Africa at Harvard, specializing in West Africa, Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa, comparative slavery, social history of alcohol, disease and medicine, ecology, the African diaspora, political economy and trade, and social and cultural history.The author of “Drink, Power, and Cultural Change: A Social History of Alcohol in Ghana, C. 1800 to Recent Times” and “Between the Sea and the Lagoon: An Eco-Social History of the Anlo of the Southeastern Ghana, c. 1850 to Recent Times,” Akyeampong was instrumental in creating Harvard’s Department of African and African American Studies with Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. He has also edited several books including “Dictionary of African Biography ” (with Gates) and “The Culture of Mental Illness and Psychiatric Practice in Africa” (with Allan Hill, Andelot Professor of Demography Emeritus at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Arthur Kleinman, professor of medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School).Akyeampong is co-founder of the Ghana-based International Institute for the Advanced Study of Cultures, Institutions and Economic Enterprise. He is also a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School, and serves as an affiliate minister for outreach at Acton Congregational Church.His appointment begins July 1.last_img read more

Intelligent credit union branding

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Details “Hi-Q is not only a competitive representation of our individual abilities, but it also represents our school.” The sentiment of Academy Park High School (Sharon Hill, Pa.) student Jordan McGowan, echoed by teammate Amel White, describes Delco Hi-Q, the nation’s oldest, continuous academic quiz competition in which 21 Delaware County, Pa. high schools compete.Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast President, John Cooke, also touts the attributes of Hi-Q. His support is such that despite his many responsibilities at the Philadelphia Archdiocesan high school, he volunteered to coach his school’s team this year.Jay DeFruscio, Cooke’s friend and counterpart at rival Cardinal O’Hara High School, is also a fan of Hi-Q. “It’s [Hi-Q] the perfect forum by which our academically gifted students can showcase their talent,” DeFruscio said.In addition to the opportunity for students and schools to exercise and promote academic prowess, the business community also finds Hi-Q attractive. After all, the program was started in 1948 by then Delaware County based Scott Paper Company. Within two decades, the company expanded Hi-Q to four other states where it had sub-headquarters. Not long after the paper company underwent an acquisition, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU) seized the opportunity to attach its brand to the academic sport and keep it running.“We [FMFCU] felt it was vital that this academic program continue,” said Rick Durante, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility.FMFCU funds and manages Delco Hi-Q and oversees the national program. Durante is Hi-Q’s national director. In 2017, Durante stepped in as quizmaster when actor Tom McCarthy retired after serving in that role for four decades.“There are many places we could have put our money,” Durante said, “but this unique academic quiz competition has a tremendous impact on so many schools and students in our community. So, for us, the choice to invest was obvious.”Intentional or not, the Credit Union carries out the beliefs of its namesake Ben Franklin, who famously said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” FMFCU has as its mantra, “leading with education.”FMFCU is not the only credit union to attach its name to Hi-Q. In Mobile, Alabama, New Horizons Credit Union is a program sponsor.Academy Park High School student Kiara Kidd said, “Programs like Hi-Q give us a platform to showcase our ability.” The experience Kidd, her teammates, and all Hi-Q participants realize is also recognized by other businesses, which have joined FMFCU in Pennsylvania, New Horizons in Alabama, and sponsors of the programs in Wisconsin and Washington State to support this commendable high school activity.Hi-Q has been described as cerebral athletics. School auditoriums are the arenas. Each competitor’s intellect is the necessary equipment, and they spend months suiting up by reading, studying, and practicing with their teammates and coaches, commonly known as advisors. The more competitive schools field a bench of future players to study alongside and practice with the current team.Each competition pits three schools against each other with the goal of amassing as many points as possible by answering questions correctly and preventing opponents from picking up bonus points. Competitions consist of a series of 16 questions of differing categories, including history, mathematics, current events, art history, and sports. Preparation involves more than simply knowing facts. Students have to prepare to answer under pressure because the questions are timed, making the quiz a challenge of brainpower, skill, and mental acuity. Each school competes in three regular season match-ups in an effort to accrue cumulative points. The teams with the most points advance to semi-final competition.To learn more, visit DelcoHiQ.org.last_img read more

The economy, compliance, bank attacks & more

first_img2020 has arrived and with it, fittingly, plenty of predictions and forecasts for “seeing” what’s ahead.CUToday.info has assembled abridged versions of previous reporting on what might be expected across the full spectrum of CU operations, from the economy to bank acquisitions by CUs to new compliance rules to cyberthreats and more.Here is a look at some of the forecasts:The Economic Forecast 1.0: It’s All About Housing ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img