Kyle Stokes

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Network News: November 19 – 25

Bloom Goes Public With Her Twitter Roster

StateImpact Ohio‘s Molly Bloom this week shared a list that she has been carefully curating for months, if not years–her roster of Ohio educators who tweet.

Smooth move, Bloom.

StateImpact Ohio

Molly Bloom

The post was a hit. In terms of traffic, it nipped at the heels of that state’s most highly-visited post (on football, mind you) all week long.

It was also a success in terms of relationship building. The post inspired several Ohioans to shoot back with suggested additions, thus expanding Bloom’s realm of contacts and sources. (She had enough to fill a second post, actually.) It also earned a mention on the Ohio Department of Education’s official weekly newsletter, putting the project on the radar of several new readers and listeners in our core communities.

Molly says she didn’t come up with the idea on her own.

“It was inspired partly by a post Kyle Stokes [of StateImpact Indiana] did earlier this year and partly by the fact that I felt like I was seeing more and more Ohio teachers, principals, et cetera on Twitter,” she tells us. “It seemed like a good time to tap into that.”

We look forward to hearing more from Ms. Bloom and other Twitter superstars this week during our upcoming StateImpact Twitter webinar. Be sure to mark your calendars and call in from 2 to 3 EST this Friday, November 30. Reporters and news directors, check your inbox for more details. And if anyone else is interested in joining us, please drop us a line.  Continue reading

Network News: August 20-26

In the Spotlight: Indiana’s Progress Report

Last week, StateImpact Indiana took an aerial view of education in that state during an hour-long back-to-school special that aired at NPR member stations around the state.


Gregg Sloan

Kyle Stokes, who produced the show,  says the exercise allowed him (and listeners) to check back in with students and families who were featured in previous reports. It also allowed him to bring some of the StateImpact flair for explanatory journalism to a different audience.

“Its easier to do the explanatory part of our mission on the blog, but it is more difficult on the air,” he said. “On the air, you always have to talk about the particular story with maybe just a sentence or two about the bigger picture.”

The feature, on the other hand, allowed him to talk about those larger trends and to include some of the voices that, in previous coverage, hadn’t made the final cut. It also allowed he and Elle Moxley, Indiana’s new(er) addition, to take inventory of where they’ve been and where they are going–in terms of coverage and sourcing. Continue reading

Network News: July 2 – 8

Happy Birthday, StateImpact!

Can you believe it’s been a year? And what a first year it has been!

Danny Debelius / NPR

Celebration! StateImpact cake.

With three state sites launched, StateImpact was officially announced through social media and traditional press on July 11, 2011. Now in eight states, we’re building an impressive following by telling explanatory, data-driven stories focused on how state issues and policy affect people’s lives.

We’ve won numerous local, regional and even national journalism awards – amazing for a new project! Our broadcast stories are being heard on public radio stations across our states, our digital stories and interactives are being shared on Twitter and Facebook, and our local stories are being heard – and recognized – on NPR shows. “StateImpact, I’ve heard of that,” is a response we’re all hearing more and more! Feels good, doesn’t it?

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