StateImpact Network News: March 4 – 17

Just When You Think You Know Everything …

The StateImpact Reporters’ Toolbox site is where we post information to help reporters do their jobs better. And lately, there’s a lot of good new material there:

Thanks to Jessica Pupovac for assembling all of this new material.

And if that’s not enough, here are some other learning opportunities:

Accountability Reporting Recognized

Words that we always love to see together: investigative reporting, award, StateImpact. This time


A chalkboard shows the work of a college developmental math course. The class covers arithmetic and pre-Algebra.

it’s John O’Connor and Sarah Gonzalez of StateImpact Florida, recognized for their 13th Grade project on remedial education. Their collaboration with the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting won second prize in the broadcast investigative reporting category of the 2012 National Awards for Education Reporting.

The judges noted their “great use of the classroom sound and student perspective” as part of a deep exploration of the issue. “It would have been very easy to stop with just the one story on the problem, but to highlight the ripple effect of the problem was fascinating.” Another judge complimented how their “very good job of balancing research with narrative” kept listeners engaged. “As a non-Florida resident, I was able to follow the series easily and become engrossed in the topic.”

This is the second investigative reporting award that the StateImpact Florida team has won from the Education Writers Association. Last year, the team was recognized for its “No Choice” project along with being named best education blog.

We also found it that Ida Lieszkovszky and Molly Bloom of StateImpact Ohio are finalists for an investigative reporting award from the Ohio APME for their “Locked Away” project. We’ll know in May whether they’ve won first or second place. They’re nominated for two other awards as well. 

Around the Network

  • Emily Corwin of StateImpact New Hampshire crafted a map that allows residents to identify roads in the state that are in need of maintenance. Users can upload photos and write a description of the problem.
  • StateImpact Ohio, which is already engaged in the weekly #ohedchat on Twitter, is helping to organize a education Tweetup in June.
  • The NPR team is starting to pack up in preparation for next month’s move to the new building on North Capitol St. Team members are now “create ready.” Next up: training on the new phone system.

Fun With Google Hangouts

The DC team worked from home recently because NPR was shut down due to the “snowquester” blizzard. This gave the team to practice its Google Hangout skills, including the “effects” feature:

Reader Favorites For the Past Two Weeks

Most visited stories last week in raw numbers:

  1. Ohio: Strongsville Teachers Strike
  2. Texas: Keystone XL Pipeline
  3. PennsylvaniaHow Much Water Does It Take to Frack a Well?
  4. Texas: Retired NASA Scientists Enter Climate Change Fray
  5. Ohio: 2011-12 Ohio School District Report Cards and Ranking

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: Boise’s Housing Bust Leaves Unlikely Victims In A Neighborhood That Saw The Worst
  2. Ohio: Strongsville Teachers Strike
  3. New Hampshire: Renewable Energy Entrepreneur Talks Benefits, Challenges Of Going Green In N.H.
  4. Oklahoma: Interactive Map: The Cost of Water in Oklahoma
  5. Pennsylvania: How Much Water Does It Take to Frack a Well?
  6. Texas: Keystone XL Pipeline
  7. Indiana: Education Overhaul 101: How The Common Core Relates To Other Big Ideas Sweeping Indiana Schools
  8. Florida: Bill Would Delay Next Generation Test Until Schools Have Technology Ready

Traffic Sources

According to Google Analytics:

  • 54% Search Engines (top terms for this week: strongsville teacher strike; fracking; keystone pipeline; state impact indiana; state impact pa)
  • 12% Referral (Google, The New York Times,, The Texas Tribune, Google News —in that order this week — plus station websites and other partners and sites)
  • 22% Dark social (emails, listservs, instant messaging, etc.)
  • 10% Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Reddit — in that order this week)
  • 1% Direct (bookmarks and direct visits to home pages)

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