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Thank You, StateImpact Reporters!

Celebration! Stateimpact cake.

Danny Debelius / NPR

For two years the StateImpact team has used this blog to document best practices and discuss methods, to tout awards and take note of civic impact, to demystify data and plug cool tools. This post is none of that.

This is a love letter.

It is a warm hug and proud pat on the back to the reporters who made this project something to talk about. To John O’Connor, Sammy Mack and Sarah Gonzalez in Florida; Emilie Saunders and Molly Messick in Idaho; Kyle Stokes and Elle Moxley in Indiana; Amanda Loder and Emily Corwin in New Hampshire; Molly Bloom, Ida Lieszkovszky and Amy Hansen in Ohio; Joe Wertz and Logan Layden in Oklahoma; Marie Cusick, Susan Phillips, Scott Detrow and Katie Colaneri in Pennsylvania; and Terrence Henry, Mose Buchele and Dave Fehling in Texas. You’ve rocked this thing out, and it’s been such a treat to watch.    Continue reading

StateImpact States Making News

The three states that are on air and online already are generating some great buzz, and even though we’re  holding off on a larger, all-project public launch until the fall when all eight of our pilot state sites are up, it’s not stopping some media reporters from early write-ups about the project. Check em out:

Member Stations Collaboration to Make the StateImpact (NPR’s This is NPR blog)
“The scope of the project is impressive: to hire and train two reporters in all 50 states to focus on this critical (and under-reported) beat.”

Beefing Up State Coverage (American Journalism Review)
“Monday marked the debut of Web sites in three states that are the opening salvos of StateImpact, a venture that ultimately aims to add at least two reporters to investigate statehouse news in every state.”

StateImpact Pilot Begins Scrutiny of Government in 8 States (Current.org)
“The fruit of this eight-state pilot phase will guide NPR as it expands the project to a second wave of stations beginning this fall, while proving to funders that the coverage is worth supporting — or so participants hope.”

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StateImpact Cameras Are Royally Awesome

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What a lovely Canon G-12, Kate.

We’re lucky to have our multimedia queen, Becky Lettenberger, guide us through the fast-changing world of cameras and other tech gear we’ll use to make beautiful images and tell stories in non-traditional ways.

Becky is also the one who recommended that the stations purchase Canon G 12 cameras for your use. Now, an actual princess gives the cameras her royal endorsement.

See? We have excellent taste.

Now, for more guidance on using your camera and what each button means, look no farther than our webinar from last week.

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