News21 Student Initiative Takes Critical Look at National Transportation Safety Board

msnbc.com and The Washington Post will publish a 23-story multimedia package this week from News21, a journalism initiative funded by the Carnegie Corp. of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation of Miami, in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity.

Breakdown: Traveling Dangerously in America investigated transportation safety in America and the National Transportation Safety Board, with some startling results:

• The NTSB has essentially given up on 1,952 of its safety recommendations, or one of every six it has made since 1967.

• Federal agencies, states, and transportation industries are taking longer to act on NTSB recommendations, with the average number of years to implement them rising from 3.4 to 5.4 over the past decade.

• More than 2,300 lives have been lost to ice buildup on aircraft, problems on runways, faulty aircraft maintenance and repairs, and overtired pilots, despite dozens of NTSB recommendations aimed at combating those problems. More than 320 fatigue-related accidents and incidents have taken nearly 750 lives in airplane crashes alone over the past four decades and, while the NTSB has issued 138 fatigue-related safety recommendations since 1967, only 68 have been implemented.

The News21 students were based at Arizona State University for 10 weeks this summer under the direction of faculty from ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and CPI data researchers.

Carnegie Corp. president Vartan Gregorian said:

News21 is training the best young men and women to successfully employ innovative 21st-century technologies and become both nimble and effective journalism practitioners in a relentless — and endless — news cycle that competes for audience attention 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These young journalists are learning to practice their craft at the cutting edge of the new news business, which must figure out how to adapt to the realities of online media and adopt its most successful practices while not falling victim to its worst.

Knight Foundation journalism program vice president Eric Newton added:

Student journalists, with the right teachers, are capable of not just producing major investigative stories, but doing them in new, innovative ways. News21 shows that journalism schools have a role in the future of news — that they need not be the caboose of America’s news train, but instead can be an engine of change. By using their work, leading news organizations are agreeing that these schools indeed have something special to offer.

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