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April 2016 Podcast: Using 990 forms to uncover campus secrets

April 2016 Podcast: Using 990 forms to uncover campus secrets

Marcelo Rochabrun, reporting fellow with ProPublica and former editor-in-chief of the Daily Princetonian, discusses his investigation into the 990 forms of Princeton's eating clubs.  Frank LoMonte: We are reading a lot these days about the concept of grit and about how educational institutions can best prepare their young people for the workplace and for the real world by exposing them to the kinds of adversity they’ll face in their adult lives. Well, if that’s the case, then the journalists at private colleges and universities have got to be some of the grittiest adults out there. They’re the people who are responsible for bringing the public information about the news of a campus community, that is not, with a few exceptions, subject to the same government transparency laws that would apply at a public institution. They have all the same responsibilities to bring the public the news but with many fewer tools at their disposal to compel their institutions to open their meeti

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