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Rutgers University Admits Unlikely Student Body, Journalists Use Reporting to Urge Politicians to Act and More

May 20, 2016
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Rutgers University Admits Unlikely Student Body, Journalists Use Reporting to Urge Politicians to Act and More
Rutgers University graduates show their excitement as U.S. President Barack Obama gives the commencement speech on May 15, 2016. The college actively recruits students that other schools overlook. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images
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A University That Prioritizes the Students Who Are Often Ignored, The Atlantic
Traditionally, America’s colleges seek to attract the best and brightest to their hallowed halls. Committed to cultivating local talent regardless of status, New Jersey’s Rutgers University is bucking that trend, recruiting low-income, public-school graduates with mediocre GPAs and test scores — the very students that other schools shun.

A Plan to Flood San Francisco With News on Homelessness, New York Times
Can journalists advocate for a cause while remaining unbiased in their reporting? Next month, writers and editors from 30 Bay Area media outlets plan to do just that while collaborating on coverage focused on San Francisco’s homeless problem. The goal: To serve as a catalyst for solutions to the seemingly intractable problem.

This City Is Giving Away Super-Fast Internet to Poor Students, CNN Money
No longer are the poorest families in Chattanooga, Tenn., forced to visit a fast-food restaurant so their children can access the Internet needed to complete their homework. Two new programs are bringing citizens online in the Southern city, where 22.5 percent of the population lives in poverty.

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