StateImpact reporters in eight states produce radio reports, digital news reports and interactive multimedia presentations. Each state focuses on one of three topics:
- Education: Florida, Indiana, Ohio
- Energy: Pennsylvania, Texas
- Economy: Idaho, New Hampshire, Oklahoma
If you want to know what we cover and why, dive into the stories below:
Budget cuts are ultimately about people, and StateImpact’s focus on numbers is about people, too. Here, our reporters examine how $2.1 billion in cuts to state education funding are trickling down to students, teachers and property-tax payers.
“Performance pay” and “teacher accountability” are two big buzzwords in education today. Here, our reporters explain what those concepts mean and how they work in practice for teachers and administrators.
StateImpact is about policy, but that doesn’t mean it’s all about budgets and tax rates. Sometimes policy can be as personally relevant as whether your state allows schools to paddle students without parents’ permission.
Read the latest news from StateImpact Florida.
StateImpact’s best work combines audio with great photos and insightful analysis. This story looks at the term “failing school” through the perspective of one school that received this label based on state rules.
When we cover an ongoing news story, we aim to put the news in context. This coverage of a cash-strapped school district’s experiment with charging students to ride school buses won a national award from PRNDI for continuing coverage of an ongoing issue.
As part of our focus on accountability, reporters often scrutinize how taxpayer money is being used in a time of tight state budgets.
Read the latest news from StateImpact Indiana.
This StateImpact collaboration with the Columbus Dispatch used public records requests to expose how schools use and misuse rooms for isolating students who behave badly. The story was picked up by the Associated Press and outlets around the country. It also inspired an editorial in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
StateImpact’s broadcast and digital coverage of the restrictions on teachers and other public unionized workers enacted by the Ohio Legislature — and subsequently repealed by voters – won multiple awards from the Cleveland Press Club.
Our reporters use social media not just as a distribution tool but also as a reporting tool, as seen in this profile of a governor’s liaison to the state’s teachers.
Read the latest news from StateImpact Ohio.
Before this interactive data presentation went live, it was difficult for Pennsylvania residents to know the exact locations of gas wells near them and whether those wells had violated state regulations. Shale Play is one of the reasons the StateImpact Pennsylvania website won an Edward R. Murrow award.
Understanding the impact of policy on communities yields stories like this one – where friendships have been lost over the effects of natural gas drilling.
Our reporters learn how to acquire and analyze data, like these call logs showing a spike in 911 calls.
Read the latest news from StateImpact Pennsylvania.
Powerful graphics and images of Texas’ historic drought serve as an introduction to an explanation of some difficult policy choices that Texas will have to make in the future.
An amusing story gets at a serious problem – invasive species – and how state policy is working to deal with the problem.
StateImpact reporters explore connections between national, state and local policy. In this case, a county steps in to fill gaps that it sees in state enforcement of polluters.
Read the latest news from StateImpact Texas.
Our reporters ask tough questions about how state officials direct scarce federal resources, and, in this case, how that impacts local industries and workers.
StateImpact makes it possible for public media even in small states to produce state of the art information graphics.
Our data-driven approach to journalism uncovered how a little-known tax credit program was siphoning tax dollars out of state coffers with no accountability and little transparency.
Read the latest news from StateImpact Idaho.
StateImpact is committed to exploring new ways to present audio in different media. This interactive presentation tells the stories of seven people in seven parts of the state, but lets the user decide who and what to listen to.
By training reporters on how to obtain, analyze and visualize government data and research, we are making government more transparent and accessible.
Comparing popular narratives to the hard facts of state policy is another way StateImpact reporters make stories come alive.
Read the latest news from StateImpact New Hampshire.
The StateImpact team at NPR built a digital publishing platform (a customized version of WordPress) that includes features to let reporters embed their own maps and data posts into their daily reports by themselves. StateImpact journalists often hear from reporters at national news organizations that they wish they had similar tools.
Sometimes, reporting on the impact of state policy requires looking at the influencers of state policy, as StateImpact did here.
StateImpact sites are known for their clear, explanatory journalism, like this piece, breaking down the failed–and much anticipated–effort to cut state income taxes.
Read the latest news from StateImpact Oklahoma.