StateImpact is a project of NPR member stations dedicated to examining how state policy and issues affect people and communities. With reporting teams in six states, the project seeks to inform and engage communities through explanatory, data-driven, accountability journalism. Our reporters work to put the news in context, providing insight, background and analysis around focused policy topics.
Our state teams have won dozens of national and regional reporting honors including Edward R. Murrow Awards, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, and awards from the Associated Press, Online News Association, Society for News Design and the Education Writers Association. The project works to expand its reach through reporting collaborations with media partners interested in accountability and investigative journalism.
StateImpact was started by NPR in 2011 to fill a void in state reporting and to help identify and train a new generation of public media journalists in cross-platform reporting and digital publishing and storytelling tools. The first two years of the project included eight pilot states and was directed by NPR and funded by a variety of national and state level supporters. Two of the original StateImpact sites (Idaho and New Hampshire) have since moved their ongoing coverage to their station websites.
The project’s methods, best practices and lessons learned were documented for the broader media community through a StateImpact Blog and Reporter Toolbox.
The States and Partner Stations
To find out more about the project in an individual state explore the StateImpact websites. If you are interested in supporting the work of the project in an individual state, click the Support StateImpact link on the Home page of each site in the About section.