StateImpact Network News: January 28 – February 3


What do earthquakes in Oklahoma and Texas have in common with new teaching standards in Florida, Indiana and Ohio? They’re both topics about which people are looking for reliable information on their own timetables, not ours. Read our ideas for delivering News When People Need It.

Around the Network

  • Molly Messick and StateImpact Idaho, with help from Danny DeBelius at NPR, produced an interactive quiz to help taxpayers understand the ins and outs of the state’s complicated “business personal property tax.”
  • Molly Bloom and Ida Lieszkovszky of StateImpact Ohio used our new ScribbleLive platform to live-blog the long-awaited announcement by Ohio Gov. John Kasich outlining how he believes schools should be financed.
  • Chris Swope and Jessica Pupovac are visiting New Hampshire Public Radio in Concord to plan coverage with the StateImpact New Hampshire team, including reporters Amanda Loder and Emily Corwin.
  • The NPR StateImpact team toured their work area in the new NPR headquarters. The move isn’t until April, but it was great to have confirmation it’s actually going to happen. If you’ve seen our current bunker, you’ll understand how excited we are about this.
  • KUT’s live StateImpact Texas event, The Texas Water Crisis: Finding and Funding a Solution, received coverage from other the Austin Business Journal and Daily Texan. Mose Buchele summarized the discussion between him, Terrence Henry and a panel of legislators. The team has also produced a few short video clips for use in follow-up posts — a clever way to follow Matt Thompson’s No. 1 “Dark Secrets” tip.

Farewell to two Scotts

StateImpact’s two Scotts begin their new adventures this week. Scott Detrow is driving to California to start his new reporting job at KQED. Scott Finn, meanwhile, is preparing for his new role at West Virginia Public Broadcasting. In a note to the NPR team, Scott Finn summed up his experience on the project:

“StateImpact has had a huge effect on — on all of us, really. The best part, as a news director, is how we were brought together for training and discussions about the project. I learned a lot about management from those meetings, from the StateImpact leaders at NPR, my fellow news directors and StateImpact reporters. That might not have been the main intent of the program, but it has been a happy side effect. Our newsrooms, fundraising departments and larger organizations have been influenced for the better by StateImpact.”

Scott Finn’s new e-mail is Both Scotts are also on Twitter at @radiofinn and @scottdetrow.

Skill Sharpening

Reader Faves Last Week

Most visited stories last week in raw numbers:

  1. Texas: Third Earthquake in a Week Rumbles in East Texas Town of Timpson
  2. Indiana: How Teachers Are Explaining Common Core Standards To Students & Parents
  3. TexasAnother Earthquake Strikes Timpson, Texas
  4. TexasKeystone XL Pipeline
  5. Pennsylvania: Fracking

Most visited content on each site, in order of popularity:

What does that mean? Well, we took the top post from each of your states, according to traffic. We adjusted those figures to reflect each state’s population and then ordered the results.

  1. Idaho: “Worst Place To Buy” Ranking Is Fine News For Boise Homeowners
  2. New Hampshire: Do You Qualify For An Earned Income Tax Credit?
  3. Indiana: How Teachers Are Explaining Common Core Standards To Students & Parents
  4. Oklahoma: Aubrey McClendon to Retire as Chesapeake Energy CEO
  5. Texas: Third Earthquake in a Week Rumbles in East Texas Town of Timpson
  6. Pennsylvania: Fracking
  7. Ohio: Kasich’s New School Funding Plan Would Increase Funding, Expand Vouchers
  8. Florida: As Education Technology Deadline Nears, A Florida Teacher Lets iPhones Invade Her Classroom

Traffic Sources

According to Google Analytics:

  • 55% Search Engines (top terms for this week: is bigfoot real; fracking; keystone pipeline; earthquake; aubrey mcclendon)
  • 15% Referral (The Hal Lindsey Report, Smart Brief,, Google, Google News —in that order this week — plus station websites and other partners and sites)
  • 20% Dark social (emails, listservs, instant messaging, etc.)
  • 8% Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Reddit — in that order this week)
  • 1.5% Direct (bookmarks and direct visits to home pages)

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