E-book gathers 2009 series from St. Petersburg Times

“At Boys’ Home, Seeking Graves, and the Reason,” New York Times, Feb. 9, 2013 The Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla., closed in 2011 following reports of abuse, neglect and even the death of the young boys sent there by the state.

As recently reported by the New York Times, the families of the dead boys and former students have convinced forensic anthropologists from the University of South Florida to study the grounds of 1,400-acre campus in an attempt to find the truth of what happened to their friends and family members.

In 2009, the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) published a series about the survivors of the school, including background on the school and its controversial treatment of its students. The Times authorized RJI to repackage the articles as a Digital Newsbook, which is available as a free download from RJI.

RJI produces Digital Newsbooks for members of the RJI Digital Publishing Alliance (DPA) at no cost to the members. All of the newsbooks are visually rich e-books designed for long-form investigative journalism.

“For Their Own Good” A special report on child abuse at the Florida School for Boys The DPA is a member-supported initiative of the Reynolds Journalism Institute. Its mission is to bring together leaders and innovators from forward-thinking organizations to pursue new strategies, digital content products and business models for publishing and journalism, with an emphasis on news applications for media tablets and e-readers.

RJI provides administrative support for the DPA and resources for DPA-funded projects in addition to hosting DPA meetings and symposiums.

The RJI Digital Newsbook Catalog features digital newsbooks that are free to download unless otherwise noted. The cover images are hyperlinked directly to the newsbooks or to the participating news organizations' webpages where the newsbooks can be accessed. They can be opened and comfortably read on any personal computer, tablet or smartphone with a PDF viewer; however, they are best read within PDF viewers that support hyperlinks. For Apple iPad owners, we recommend the iBooks or Goodreader app.


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