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Small Newspaper, Big Punch

Asbury Park Press, a small newspaper known for big exposes, writes Matthew Kassel.

Its chief of news and investigations says every big project needs three components: A human element (for pathos), a new finding (preferably unearthed through public records requests) and a solution or two (for purposes of accountability).


Writing: Connecting an AP Student, the Unabomber, and his warden

Typical assignment: Write an essay for a local writing contest.

The result was not only a high school student winning the contest, but a lesson on the power of the written word. 234 more words

Lakewood's Civic Leaders, Negotiating Better Treatment - Amnesty for the Orthodox

From the Asbury Park Press:

Lakewood fraud: Vaad met with N.J. officials before amnesty deal

LAKEWOOD – Jewish Orthodox civic leaders had exclusive access to state officials during the planning of a controversial county-wide Medicaid fraud amnesty offer — a program critics say caters to Lakewood’s Orthodox community, the Asbury Park Press has learned. 3,122 more words