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“I can’t speak for the business side. But that’s the sort of impact on people’s lives that only this kind of reporting can have. And if that’s not a case for doing journalism no matter where it gets distributed, I don’t know what is.” – BuzzFeed’s Shani Hilton on reporting that led to decriminalization of truancy in Texas. 

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Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at