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National Newspaper Week: Reporting shines spotlight to injustice, other ills

 

September 30, 2020



By Michael A. Anastasi

Rarely are lawmakers across the political spectrum so unified. And rarely do they act so rapidly.

As we commemorate National Newspaper Week this year, Oct. 4-10, I’ve been considering the question why America Needs Journalists. My thoughts seem to always return to a 16-year-old Tennessee girl.

And injustice.

A couple of years ago, my team at The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville launched an extensive investigative project.

Under an arcane state law that was virtually unchanged since 1858, people awaiting trial in Tennessee county jails could be shipped to state pris...



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