People trafficking and which schools have cracked the top universities - what we are covering next

Welcome Millers

First off, thanks for joining The Mill. The site has only been live for a week, so you are the very first Millers. We are still in our soft launch phase, but we will bring you stories and briefings on a weekly basis this summer.

Secondly, it would be great if you could hit reply to this email and tell me about what you do, and any stories you would like to see reported in depth. Drawing on the expertise and experiences of readers is central to how this site will work, whether you are ex-teachers, carers, lawyers or just happen to know something useful. For that reason, we will regularly tell you which stories we are working on, in case you can help.

What’s coming up:

  • This weekend we will publish our second story. Our first was about the provenance of a viral video showing an attack on a Chinese takeaway in Heywood. This weekend’s one is (probably) about which schools in the North West have sent the most students to Oxford and Cambridge in the past three years, and what the list tells us about educational achievement and inequality.

  • On Wednesday morning we will send our first Briefing email - our digest of the most important news stories that you might have missed, plus some useful updates about foodie and cultural venues.

  • And later this month, we will publish our first long form investigation - into three teenagers who went missing in Manchester, and how their disappearance is linked to a people trafficking scam involving Vietnamese nail bars.

If you know about these topics, or know someone you would recommend we speak to, please get in touch by replying to this email.

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Oriel College, Oxford, subject of this weekend’s story