Aneri Pattani

Multimedia Journalist

The New York Times

Enticing Pregnant Women in Liberia to Give Birth in Health Centers

A grass-roots practice in Liberia hopes to reduce maternal deaths by threatening to impose fines on birth attendants if women deliver their babies at home. But experts fear the coercive practice could deter women who deliver at home from seeking care for their children in health facilities.

It's High Time for Ticks, Which Are Spreading Diseases Farther

The disease-carrying blood suckers are spreading more pathogens and putting more Americans at risk, even for more rare illnesses.

In Some Countries, Women Get Days Off for Period Pain

In some countries, companies offer women paid time off for period pain. But some experts fear these policies reinforce dated stereotypes.

New opioids could relieve pain without dangerous side effects

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Once hailed as saviors of pain patients everywhere, opioids — including oxycodone and fentanyl — have caused an addiction epidemic in the United States and earned the scorn of doctors, patients and lawmakers. Some scientists think it's time to give opioids a second chance, by developing a new generation of drugs with all the painkilling power of conventional opioids but without some of the dangerous side effects.

With $200,000 and two ideas, these guys aim to revive Rust Belt cities

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When Hajj Flemings looked at his hometown of Detroit, he noticed a strange discrepancy. In midtown and downtown, businesses were thriving, people were excited to explore the area, and signs of a growing economy abounded. But go one mile east or west and suddenly that sense of development disappeared. He set out to correct that imbalance, envisioning a project that could help local business owners elevate their stories and build a brand to attract people to their neighborhoods.

Why Apple may have jumped the gun with AirPods

Apple is confident it made the right decision to remove the wired headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and launch the wireless AirPods, but it could take some time for the new Apple product innovation to prove to consumers it's ready for prime time in the premium headphone market.
Several audio executives told CNBC the AirPods can't quickly catch up to wired headphones, because of failings in three key attributes.

Here's Why Texas Students Wait Weeks for Basic Mental Health Services

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I pitched this story at the beginning of my internship as a look at why students often have to wait weeks to get a counseling appointment on college campuses. Over the next 10 weeks, I saw this story to completion by requesting records from various universities, interviewing more than a dozen experts and finding students who would be willing to share their struggles with mental health.

This story was picked up by Houston Public Radio, and I was invited to speak on a segment of Houston Matters (listen here).

 

The Boston Globe

Northeastern to equip officers with semiautomatic rifles

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Despite opposition from Boston police, the Northeastern University Police Department plans to begin equipping its officers with semiautomatic rifles to respond to campus emergencies. The move to provide more firepower for the force comes amid heightened worries about mass shootings nationwide and debate over arming college police.

After receiving a tip, I broke this story first for Northeastern University's independent college newspaper and then for The Boston Globe. It gained a lot of traction, getting picked up by ABC News and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah the next day (12-10-15).

Toxic Landfill Plan Near Colonia Raises Racism Charges

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Since Alejandro Obregón moved to a colonia along the Texas-Mexico border 20 years ago, he has fought for basic necessities like clean water and paved roads. Now a private developer wants to build a landfill just a few miles from his backyard, and Obregón is fighting again for the interests of his family and hundreds of colonia residents.

 

Ceremony keeps alive the light of lost children

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Chuck Snekvik held a candle for his daughter, Amy, and his wife held one for their son, Andrew. Amy died in a car accident when she was 7 years old. Andrew passed away from colon cancer at 38.

The Snekviks joined more than 50 people Sunday night at the Church of the Covenant for a candle lighting ceremony to honor children who are no longer with them, but whose memories continue to burn bright.

After attending the vigil, I wrote this story in 45 minutes.

Abortion Booklet Revisions Called Even More Inaccurate

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Death and infertility were just two of the risks a doctor described to Kryston Skinner when she chose to have an abortion last year. But some of the information she was given was misleading or medically wrong, contained in a long, controversial booklet that state lawmakers require doctors to give women at least 24 hours before an abortion procedure. 

Now, the Department of State Health Services is planning an update of the booklet that doubles down on information highly contested by medical experts and the pro-abortion rights community, stoking the flames of a debate going back more than a decade.

 

Officials say Lawrence man set five fires in city

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Just feet from the charred remains of an early-morning six-alarm blaze that destroyed three buildings, damaged five others, and displaced 14 people, officials told residents Friday they could take comfort in knowing an alleged serial arsonist had been captured.

Mother Aims to Raise Awareness of Fatal Heatstroke In Children After Toddler Son's Death

In the aftermath of her son's death by heatstroke, a Ridgefield mom decided to share lessons learned from 15-month-old Ben.

Lindsey Rogers-Seitz has started a blog called "The Gift of Ben" in honor of her son, who died July 7 after he was left in the car by his father, Rogers-Seitz's husband, Kyle Seitz. The blog aims to raise awareness of the issue of children's deaths by heatstroke.

Rubber Band Bracelets Bring Smiles, Hope to Cancer Patients

Although rubber band bracelets are a trend at their school, Keeley Joyal and Lindsay Masamery had more than fashion in mind when they started making the bracelets by the dozen. On Thursday, the two girls went to Hartford Hospital to deliver nearly 500 of the bracelets to cancer patients.

This article appeared as a front-page centerpiece story.

New Britain Native Experiences War in Israel

For one New Britain native, the war between Israel and Hamas is not just something to hear about on the evening news or scroll by on her Facebook news feed.

Judy Weinstein Goldberg is experiencing it firsthand.

Currently living in Ashkelon, Israel, Goldberg is just ten kilometers – a little more than six miles -- north of Gaza. Her city is a target for missile fire from Hamas, the Islamic militant group based in Gaza.

Lawsuit Accuses Baker Administration of Denying Shelter to Homeless Families

Mayor Walsh Announces New Funding for Homelessness Services

Homeless Advocates Express Disappointment over Senate State Budget

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A lawsuit filed by homeless families alleges that Governor Charlie Baker’s campaign to end the practice of putting homeless families in motels at state expense has resulted in increased hardships for a vulnerable population.

As part of his goal to end chronic homelessness in Boston, Mayor Martin J. Walsh pledged $1.3 million in his proposed budget for next year to fund homelessness services. The proposal includes $150,000 for “front-door triage,” which will allow staff at shelters around the city to find the best way to help people who are entering the system for the first time.

Homelessness service providers across the Commonwealth are concerned they could face a tough year ahead, as the state budget proposal cuts nearly $800,000 from funds for the assistance of homeless individuals.

The Huntington News - Northeastern University's independent student newspaper

NUPD to deploy assault rifles in emergencies

"It's On Us" campaign targets campus sexual assault

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In a new defense policy expected to launch in mid-December, the Northeastern University Police Department (NUPD) will deploy assault weapons in campus vehicles during emergency situations.

After receiving a tip, I broke this story in December 2015 about campus police arming officers with tactical rifles despite opposition from Boston police. I followed up with another article for The Boston Globe. The day after that was published, the story was picked up by ABC News and featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Colleges across the nation are taking a red pen to their sexual assault policies, and in their revisions, placing new emphasis on bystanders as a powerful resource.

The White House’s launch of a new public awareness campaign “It’s On Us” reflects the recent focus on bystander intervention. Unveiled last Friday, the campaign aims to engage all members of campus communities in preventing sexual assault – a goal many colleges are already working toward.

New England Newspaper & Press Association

Using tools, techniques that help data miners to dig deep

Design with readers' needs in your mind's eye

When Matthew Kauffman, investigative reporter at The Hartford (Conn.) Courant, wanted to do a story on mental health in the military, he didn't limit his reporting to anecdotes and interviews. Instead, he and co-author Lisa Chedekel - also then at the Courant - gathered information on mental health evaluations before deployment. Statistical analysis of that data became the foundation of their story.

Kauffman is one of many journalists turning to data more frequently for their stories. The surge in data-driven reporting has even led to the creation of a new subfield: data journalism.

Design is not an opportunity to be creative, but an opportunity to give readers what they need, said Ed Henninger, director of a design consulting business, Henninger Consulting in Rock Hill, S.C.

Henninger explained the importance of design thinking for newspapers to an audience of about 40 people in a workshop titled “The Essential Elements of Better Newspaper Design.” The presentation took place Friday, Feb. 7, at the New England Newspaper and Press Association’s winter convention in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

 

Is your WiFi killing your houseplants?

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The lack of a green thumb may not be the only contributing factor to the early deaths of your houseplants. A recent experiment conducted by high school students in Denmark suggests that Wi-Fi routers may be damaging to plant life.

Boston Bombing Victim Engaged to Nurse from Site

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You can’t plan the right time or the right place.  Sometimes, love just happens. This held true for James “Bim” Costello, who was a victim of the Boston Marathon bombings.