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StateImpact is a public media collaboration between NPR and member stations examining the effect of state policy and issues on people and communities. We are online and on-air in eight states, providing engaging explanatory and data-driven reporting on public policy issues critical to each state. At the StateImpact blog, team members share updates and information relevant to the project.

Thank You, StateImpact Reporters!

Celebration! Stateimpact cake.

Danny Debelius / NPR

For two years the StateImpact team has used this blog to document best practices and discuss methods, to tout awards and take note of civic impact, to demystify data and plug cool tools. This post is none of that.

This is a love letter.

It is a warm hug and proud pat on the back to the reporters who made this project something to talk about. To John O’Connor, Sammy Mack and Sarah Gonzalez in Florida; Emilie Saunders and Molly Messick in Idaho; Kyle Stokes and Elle Moxley in Indiana; Amanda Loder and Emily Corwin in New Hampshire; Molly Bloom, Ida Lieszkovszky and Amy Hansen in Ohio; Joe Wertz and Logan Layden in Oklahoma; Marie Cusick, Susan Phillips, Scott Detrow and Katie Colaneri in Pennsylvania; and Terrence Henry, Mose Buchele and Dave Fehling in Texas. You’ve rocked this thing out, and it’s been such a treat to watch.    Continue reading

10 Tips For “Owning” An Issue: Take-Aways From StateImpact

The full StateImpact team in front of NPR's old HQ.

Becky Lettenberger / NPR

The full StateImpact team in front of NPR's old HQ.

Two years ago, StateImpact launched with a goal to train the next generation of public radio journalists. With an editorial lens focused on explaining state policy, our reporters would be as comfortable blogging, shooting pictures, using social media and creating data visualizations as they are reporting with a microphone.

As NPR winds down the two-year pilot that initiated the project and our states continue StateImpact on their own, it’s the network of reporters who now cover issues “StateImpact style” that is the project’s most important legacy.

We learned a lot from StateImpact — both at NPR and at our partner stations. If you’re thinking of starting a similar project, or just refocusing your newsroom, here are our top takeaways. Continue reading