New York is lovely in October

There is a reason I’ve mentioned New York, but I’ll get to that … right after the news!

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A Sea of Red

inewsource broke down the voting by precinct in the 52nd Congressional District this morning and mapped it, so you can see patterns overall, as well as details in particular neighborhoods.

Joe Yerardi, our data whiz, built the map and analyzed the data to find incumbent Scott Peters had a turnout problem. The three Republican candidates together dominated the precincts. A political expert Joe spoke with said Peters has to rally the vote in November — but hope the Republicans stay home — to win.

Click here to read the story or here to use the map.

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It's back with a vengeance

Nearly three years ago, inewsource teamed with KPBS to investigate California’s whooping cough epidemic. Our report and documentary raised vital questions about the efficacy of the vaccine prescribed. Since then, studies published in scientific journals have verified our findings.

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is back in California, worse than ever. Joanne Faryon, the main reporter on the initial investigation, updated local statistics today. You can see them by clicking here.

Data she obtained from San Diego County show that in 85 percent of pertussis diagnoses locally, the sufferers had been vaccinated.

The county’s public health officer told Joanne: “Pertussis vaccines offer high levels of protection within the first year of completing vaccinations, but then the protection decreases over time.”

Dr. Wilma Wooten, the public health officer, said even with decreased immunity, the vaccine helps to lessen the severity of the illness.

Currently, children and teenagers are required to get a total of six shots to be considered up to date.

Click here to read the story.

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photo by Jerry Ferguson, Flickr

Finally, New York...

Thanks to your support, inewsource will join some of the most prominent media outlets in the country at the Edward R. Murrow awards presentation in New York in October. The Radio Television Digital News Association announced today that inewsource won two of these coveted national awards for investigative journalism and hard news.

Both in-depth stories were reported, written and recorded by inewsource reporter Joanne Faryon. The investigative report delved into how the Poway Unified School District spends a special tax called Mello-Roos. The hard news report was about former assemblyman and San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher, and the abuse he suffered as a child.

Here is how the awards are described: “The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow's pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name.”

A full list of 98 winners in 13 categories is here. RTDNA said it received more than 4,000 entries during the entire 2014 awards season.

If you’re receiving this newsletter, you’re on our mailing list. Thank you! And if you haven’t already, please consider taking the next step and making a contribution that will help this kind of journalism keep coming!

—Lorie Hearn
loriehearn@inewsource.org

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We'll let you know when big things happen.

About Lorie Hearn:

Lorie Hearn is the founder and executive director of inewsource.