StateImpact Network News: February 18 – 24

Spotlight: An audio blockbuster to learn from

Many of you may have already heard This American Life’s ambitious two-part series about a Chicago high school. We’re interested in your feedback on it and how it applies to our work. Ken Rudin has started the conversation with his thoughts on the piece.

Goodbye from Sarah Gonzalez

Former StateImpact reporter Sarah Gonzalez left Miami last week and is now headed for WYNC, where she recently accepted a position as an enterprise reporter, covering Northern New Jersey. She wanted to take this opportunity to say bid us all adieu.

I miss StateImpact already. I adore the work you all do so much and I will keep visiting your sites and bragging about StateImpact forever. I have learned so much just from watching and listening to the work each of your states are doing. John O’Connor, you especially taught me so so much. I am taking everything I learned from you with me, and hoping I will be as amazing a reporter as you one day! Best reporting partner ever!

With StateImpact, for the first time in my career, I was able to monitor the traffic to our work, and this has been so huge for me. I could never go back!  Being able to SEE how a good headline makes all the difference, and being able to see which issues people were searching to learn more about is I think so important to beat reporting. It made such a huge difference for me.  

Because of StateImpact I will always ask for data for every story. I learned how to collaborate in amazing, productive ways, and how to visualize data for goodness sake! Jess (and before that, Matt) I cannot thank you enough for this. Can’t wait to show you my next data viz from WNYC!  

Thank you all for everything. And please stay in touch.

All the best to you all, always.



Around The Network This Week

  • StateImpact Texas sponsors a community event on fracking.  Mose Buchele moderates a panel of state legislators.
  • Jessica Pupovac, Danny DeBelius and Yan Lu attend the National Institute for Computer  Assisted Reporting conference in Louisville, Ky.
  • New Pennsylvania reporter Marie Cusick visits Washington for orientation with the NPR StateImpact team.

Reader Favorites Last Week

Most visited stories last week in raw numbers:

  1. Texas: Keystone XL Pipeline
  2. Ohio: How Ohio’s New Teacher Evaluations Will Change Student Teaching
  3. Florida: Florida Senate President Says Teachers Shouldn’t Expect An Even Playing Field
  4. Ohio: How the Common Core Will Change High School Math Classes
  5. TexasHow New Legislation Could Help Texas Go Native Again

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: Mapping Wealth: Idaho’s Pockets Of High-Income Households
  2. New Hampshire: Vermont: New Hampshire’s Farm To Plate Test Case
  3. Indiana: Why So Many Teachers Still Hate Their Jobs Now
  4. Ohio: How Ohio’s New Teacher Evaluations Will Change Student Teaching
  5. Pennsylvania: Fracking
  6. Texas: Keystone XL Pipeline
  7. Oklahoma: House Passes New Corporate Governance Law for Chesapeake Energy
  8. Florida: Florida Senate President Says Teachers Shouldn’t Expect An Even Playing Field

Traffic Sources

According to Google Analytics:

  • 55% Search Engines (top terms for this week: keystone pipeline; fracking; is bigfoot real; state impact indiana; texas drought)
  • 11% Referral (, Google, The Texas Tribune,, —in that order this week — plus station websites and other partners and sites)
  • 21% Dark social (emails, listservs, instant messaging, etc.)
  • 11% Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Reddit — in that order this week)
  • 1% Direct (bookmarks and direct visits to home pages)

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