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McGraw Center for Business Journalism Finishes Out a Strong Year

  • By Newmark J-School Staff
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The AP published the third and final piece in a series on human rights and labor abuses in the palm oil industry, written by Margie Mason and Robin McDowell, fellows of the McGraw Center for Business Journalism.

Child labor in palm oil industry tied to Girl Scout cookies” links the work done in Indonesia by girls and boys as young as 10 with common products consumed in the U.S., including Pop Tarts, Cap’n Crunch cereal, and Girl Scout cookies.

The story comes a month after “Rape, abuses in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands” and three months after “Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks.”

The McGraw Center also received another bit of good news: The National Association of Black Journalists awarded its top honors for investigative reporting by a national newspaper to the fellowship story examining abusive reverse mortgages targeted at the African-American community, which ran in USA Today in mid-2019. The story revealed how shady brokers sold the problematic loans to black seniors, causing many to lose their homes at much higher rates than white homeowners with reverse mortgages.