Center awarded $35,000 from Knight-supported INNovation Fund to translate investigative reporting into art, explore new audiences — and profit

I often uncover disturbing statistics that stick with me. A reader normally might pass by them in the story in a second. Carrie Roy makes them into physical objects that a person can touch and linger over. So we’re collaborating to find new audiences for investigative reporting, transforming reporting into sculptures.

In their own words: Human trafficking survivors on video

Main story: Human trafficking in the heartland: Hidden labor, sex trade alive in Midwest

Two human trafficking survivors — both their names have been changed to protect their privacy — told Center reporter Julie Strupp their stories on camera. Both met their traffickers on State Street, blocks from the state Capitol. Below are excerpts from those interviews. They were held at Project Respect, a Madison nonprofit that helps sex workers, in mid-2011. Both women said they were sharing their stories not for sympathy, but to deglamorize prostitution and sex trafficking, and to give a fuller perspective to the public.

Farmers discuss immigrant workers

Wisconsin Public Television, a partner with the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, talks with Wisconsin farmers about the role of Hispanic immigrant workers in the dairy industry, as part of a new investigation launched by the Center.