A belated update, but one worth taking a second look at if you’ve seen it already. Missouri School of Journalism Associate Professor Charles Davis organized a group of students in working on an awesome project about book challenges in schools from across the state. Using Freedom of Information Act Requests, the participants gathered data on censorship issues in Missouri and wrote several reports on banned book-related issues.
Included in the project are interactive graphics listing the challenged books and providing descriptions as well as an interactive map.
We commend the Missourian and all those involved in this important effort and we’re hoping other J schools and professors will follow in Davis’ footsteps. To see some results of our FOIA requests, see our June blog post on book challenge excerpts.