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Photo Essay: RESPONSE

Mateo Ruiz González photographed what the response to the coronavirus pandemic looked like on the streets of Brooklyn.

Photo Essay: RECOVERY

What does recovery and reopening look like across Brooklyn during the pandemic? Mateo Ruiz González captured images of Brooklyn's streets in this COVID-19 Writers Project photo essay.

Video Narrative: RESPONSE II

The coronavirus pandemic was accelerating. More tests were needed. More personal protective equipment was needed. Food supplies were depleting. Prices for essential products skyrocketed. Hysteria was setting in.

The Road to Recovery

The pandemic underscored long-standing inequalities in American society. It also created scores of new social activists in Generation Z ready to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Video Narrative: RESPONSE I

When COVID-19 cases spiked in March, officials encouraged extreme vigilance with social distancing. At the same time, residents were beginning to see the failures and strengths of their government's crisis response.

Video Narrative: DEVASTATION III

A report released in April found that Black and Hispanic New Yorkers were dying from COVID-19 at almost twice the rate of white New Yorkers.

Video Narrative: RECOVERY II

Out of the pandemic came many valuable lessons and, at the same time, many hard truths. Would these lessons become opportunities for a new way forward?

Poverty and the Pandemic in Mississippi

The Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting captures the stories of people and places hit hardest by the nation’s worst pandemic in a century.

Refugees From the Earth

Propublica and the New York Times magazine use a groundbreaking data model to explore the daunting implications of climate change for global migration.

COVID-19, Agriculture Workers and Our Food System

A reporting project exploring the systematic abuses of agriculture workers in the food industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prairie State Museums Project: The Impact of COVID-19 on Illinois Museums

In partnership with local media organizations across Illinois, this project elevates the stories of “Prairie State” museums and their inherent community and economic value as they face the COVID crisis.

How Do We Survive?

With the economy in crisis because of the pandemic, survival is a day-to-day struggle for millions of undocumented Americans and Latinx immigrants living below the poverty line.

The 1857 Project

The 1857 Project tells the story of race in St. Louis, Missouri, and Illinois. The 1857 Dred Scott decision denying blacks humanity and the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates were the prelude to Civil War.

The Fumes in South Portland

Sabrina Shankman reports on the growing fears of residents in South Portland, Maine, as they try to solve a mystery: Are the fumes emanating from storage tanks of the nation's easternmost oil port harming their kids?

The Pandemic's Toll: Lives Lost in California

The Los Angeles Times is profiling victims in California of the COVID-19 pandemic, both to memorialize them and better understand the virus.

Victoria's Foil

Victoria Isaacson, a 22-year-old wheelchair fencer, is trying to qualify for the Paralympics while overcoming the adversity of a degenerative disease, mounting debt, and a worldwide pandemic.

Meet The Journalist: Marcia Biggs

At the height of the U.S. immigration debate, Marcia Biggs goes to ground zero of the Central American refugee crisis and the origin of migrant caravans to find out why people are being forced to flee.  

Congress Heights' Middle Schoolers Explore Journalism at USA Today

Students from Center City Public Charter School attend a three-day workshop inspired by the award-winning series ‘Pumped Dry'—learning about groundwater depletion, talking to the journalists behind the project and then tour USA Today's newsroom.

Meet the Journalist: Melissa McCart

Restaurateur Mike Chen legally hired expert noodle-pullers from Taiwan to create an authentic noodle house in Pittsburgh, until the Trump administration’s immigration policy changes put an end to it.

Meet the Journalist: Jaime Joyce

In the United States, one in every 28 children has a parent in jail or in prison. TIME for Kids executive editor Jaime Joyce reports on two programs that help families stay connected.

Meet the Journalist: Amy Martin

Threshold is a public radio show and podcast tackling one pressing environmental issue each season. The show aims to be a home for nuanced journalism about human relationships with the natural world.

Meet the Journalists: Texas Tribune Staff

After a new federal immigration policy led to hundreds of children being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, The Texas Tribune opened a temporary South Texas bureau to investigate.

Meet the Journalist: Jon Cohen

Nigeria, Russia, and Florida have each had difficulty mounting a strong response to HIV/AIDS, at a time when neighboring countries or states have made progress in bringing their epidemics to an end.

Meet the Journalist: Nsikan Akpan

The placebo effect influences all types of healing, from acupuncture to laying of hands to the doctor's office. Science producer for PBS NewsHour Nsikan Akpan journeyed from Mexico to Maryland to learn how it works.

Activities to Extend Student Engagement

Standards-aligned activities drawing from concepts in the essays, creative texts, photographs, and illustrations to engage students in creative and challenging ways.

Telling Stories with Photographs

Students explore images from Everyday Africa, and then practice planning images for a photography exhibition that aims to present everyday life in their communities. 

Practicing Photojournalism Skills

This is the third lesson in the Everyday DC unit, and it introduces students to photography techniques for use in their Everyday DC project.