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Network News: January 7 – 13

Sunlight Shines on State Spending in Idaho

Becky Lettenberger / StateImpact

Emilie Ritter Saunders, Molly Messick and Sadie Babits of StateImpact Idaho.

Over the past year, the StateImpact Idaho team has worked tirelessly to shine a light on their state’s lack of transparency surrounding tax credits for businesses in their state.

But they were a bit forlorn last summer after rolling out a series of reports on the lack of transparency in the state. Reporter Molly Messick covered a scathing report by PIRG that gave the state an F on transparency. Emilie Ritter Saunders followed that up with a similar national assessment and a well-reported series on  just how much tax incentive information was kept under wraps.

The stories didn’t garner huge traffic bumps or lead to much public outcry. Continue reading

StateImpact Idaho’s New Partnership with The Idaho Statesman

A mockup of a StateImpact Idaho page in the Idaho Statesman.

Congratulations to the team at StateImpact Idaho, whose jobs and the state economy coverage has been so consistently strong that the editors at the state’s largest paper, the Idaho Statesman, approached them about a content partnership that starts next week.

StateImpact already has some great partnerships in other states; you can find StateImpact Florida stories in The Miami Herald, and StateImpact Texas work in The Texas Tribune. So we’re really pleased to add the Statesman into the fold. Under the terms of our partnership agreements, organizations may run digital pieces in the print edition of their publications in full and run excerpted teasers on their dot com sites that link back to StateImpact.

The most fruitful partnerships so far have been reporting partnerships; tackling a story with reporters from a local publication, teaming up for the entire reporting and writing process. Florida did this with The Miami Herald for its charter schools series to great response.

Happy collaborating…