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I spent 8 months investigating how exploitation, poverty & discrimination drove COVID—and why scientists haven’t really addressed these issues, despite studying them for 150 years.

“Where is the urgency?” asks @Arrianna_Planey.

My latest #longform + 🧵 nature.com/immersive/d415…
In October, I went to Cali's San Joaquin Valley as it surged with COVID.

Many people impacted by the virus were immigrants who worked at farms & in meat plants. They felt their work was of value to society but not their lives. Low wages, no protection & blatant discrimination.
What I heard from agriculture workers reminded me of an investigation by Rudolf Virchow, 1848:

“The plutocracy…did not recognize Upper Silesians as human beings, but only as tools.” His radical solution was that “the worker must have part in the yield of the whole.”
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Good Morning, Sunshines. I have written many things about Dolly Parton and you can now read them. If you were an OG Tressie subscriber you got the essay in your inbox last night, along with a free subscription to fomenting the #longform essay with me

tressie.substack.com/p/the-dolly-mo…
If you would like to get similar essays in your inbox, you can subscribe to tressie.substack.com. The community is called essaying and essays like The Dolly Moment are the Big Reads I will be working on over the next year.
Maybe you remember this tweet from October. Reading everything about Dolly Parton was just supposed to be a passion project, a gift to myself. The gift was reading about something I enjoy and with no discernible work project attached.
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I'll make this simple. If there's a single brave person with means willing to give @BINJreports
$2 million, we can immediately remediate much of this damage and restore integrity to news coverage in many of these communities: givetobinj.org amp.businessinsider.com/gatehouse-medi…
If you think I am wrong, or exaggerating, look at what we've done with a grand here and a grand there. Ask the editors - #Gatehouse ones included - for whom we have provided the only deep #longform reporting they have done in years. Again: givetobinj.org
I am so tired of this happening. These sickening conglomerates stepping on democracy in Mass. They don't care. We do. We have solutions. We have talent. We work with the people who have been screwed by #Gatehouse. Like I said, givetobinj.org
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This story gave me chills. In the best way. Incredible work by @uberliner @NPR
npr.org/2018/11/14/663…
Also heartbreaking: part two of @uberliner’s family Holocaust story - a story of survival and loss. #npr
npr.org/2018/11/14/663…
And please listen to @uberliner’s family Holocaust story later today on @npratc. Because everything’s better on the radio. 📻🎧 #longform
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Put together a list of super smart & interesting Pakistani women for #IWD2018 to show their work. List also includes women of Pak origin or dual nationals. If you have any suggestions of names not on my list @ me. #InternationalWomensDay #PressforProgress
1 @TubaSiddiqi #education rights advocate, also my sister. For years T has been working w/ communities & grassroots activists through @TCFPak & now w/ @AlifAilaan across Pak. She helped TCF raise funds & grow their volunteer network. #IWD2018 #Pakbrilliance #PressforProgress
2 @AymanBucha activist and lecturer, teaches Anthropology, Political & Feminist Theory at BNU. Bucha's write-up on #AsmaJahangir with whom Aimen worked at AGHS. dailytimes.com.pk/211460/asma-ja… #IWD2018 #Pakbrilliance
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My longform narrative students are listening to @valfernandez, winner of the inaugural American Mosaic Award by @HSFdn — and my good friend, talk about cultivating sources and negotiating tough interviews. I’ll tweet some highlights. Follow along. #longform @Cronkite_ASU
Reporting is about connections. Keep phone numbers of people who seem interesting to you, even if they aren’t interesting for the story you’re working on. They will likely be helpful somewhere down the line. #longform @Cronkite_ASU
As a freelancer, it’s important to have a stable of fresh stories. “Pin your ideas on the wall and follow your gut.” Even if your editors don’t see the story, follow it if you believe in the story. #longform @Cronkite_ASU
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