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This week, Colorlines.com published another of our deep-dive investigations into how race shapes the world in which we live. Jamilah King’s story, “How Big Telecom Used Smartphones to Create a New Digital Divide,” is essential reading for anyone interested in participating in the information age—and if you’re reading Colorlines.com, that’s you. Last month, Seth Freed Wessler uncovered thousands of U.S. citizen children languishing in foster care because their parents were being deported.

Seth’s investigation has already spurred important responses. President Obama acknowledged the separation of families as a “real problem” and vowed to review Homeland Security’s process for keeping families united; members of Congress have pledged to pressure the department to act with decency as well. And importantly, immigrants rights advocates are armed with new data to fight for change.

This kind of reporting is as essential as it is increasingly rare. News organizations dedicate fewer resources to investigative and enterprise reporting every year—and they’ve never spent much time digging into the racial inequity that so shapes our political, cultural and economic life.

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