You’ve heard me say it again and again: explanation is our franchise. And a complicated story you might have heard of lately — the debt ceiling debate — is one that could use some explaining. A few news organizations have done this really well, and I rounded up the examples.
The lesson here? When there are complicated subjects or news quagmires going on in your state, on your beat, establish authority and credibility by breaking it down for people. Your best explanations can then be transferred over to your topics page on the subject.