J-students send ‘softball’ question to 20 Ohio lawmakers; only 1 is helpful

A Kent State University journalism class recently sent letters to 20 Ohio lawmakers, asking what world health care system studies they used to inform them in their decisions regarding U.S. health care.

“Only three responded. And only one member, Rep. Steven LaTourette, of the 14th District, was helpful,” reports the Plain Dealer’s Brandon Blackwell. (Rep. Jim Renacci told students he didn’t understand the question; Rep. John Boehner said he had documentation, but couldn’t share it.)

In a video about their project, the students in Karl Idsvoog’s computer assisted reporting class tell Ohio’s congress members: “The approval rating for congress is at an all-time low. Maybe that rating would go up if you would respond to your mail.”

* Don’t bother writing to Ohio congress members (cleveland.com)
* Earlier: Kent State class examines athletic departments’ car policies (jimromenesko.com)

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