Federal immigration-violation detainees: Where they’re held

Inside Tacoma’s Northwest Detention Center from Jessica Partnow on Vimeo.

That clip is a production of the Common Language Project, related to this story they have just published about federal immigration-violation detainees in Western Washington, and where and how they are held. A week ago, I met the three people who head up the CLP during a small-group conversation convened to talk about the hottest topic in my business: The future of journalism – who will do it, who will pay for it, what is in danger of being lost, what is being gained, all in a time of rapid change, with newspapers losing money and closing, and small independent news sites like West Seattle Blog (which my husband and I operate) on the rise, along with other new types of news enterprises. The CLP trio mentioned they were about to publish a story in the P-I; the multimedia clip above is related to that story. They also have published a blog-format item saying they’re a little unhappy with how the story was buried in the newspaper, while a story about a camera-wearing cat got the big play. Since one of the central parts of the “future of news” discussion relates to “will investigative journalism survive?” we thought we would do our part by calling attention to their story here. (And if you are interested in the future of news, please join us and many of our colleagues at an event coming up at Seattle City Hall’s Bertha Landes Room, 7 pm Feb. 26; read more about it here, RSVP – it’s free – and send questions in advance.)

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