Author Archives: Chris Swope

How Your Source Can Use an iPhone to Get You Better Audio of Your Phone Interview

Tired of getting lousy tape from phone interviews? With a little help from your source (and a little coaching from you), he or she can use an iPhone to get you better quality audio. Here’s a great tutorial from PBS’ MediaShift — consider sending it to your source if you’re going to try it out.

Legislative Coverage, StateImpact Style

Here they come! It’s time for some lawmakin’.

Some of you have one year of covering the legislature for StateImpact under your belts. For states like Texas, where the legislature convenes every other year, this will be a first spin through. Either way, it should be an interesting ride. Odd-year sessions following an election are when the bulk of state legislative business gets done. And it blows by fast. So be ready!

Here are some ideas on how to be thinking about covering the legislature in a StateImpact sort of way.   Continue reading

Election Coverage, StateImpact Style

With the November elections quickly approaching, everyone wants in on the game. But before you roll up your sleeves and dig in, take a minute to consider your mission as a StateImpact reporter–to “report on how state issues and policy affect people’s lives.” To help iron out what that means in terms of election coverage, Chris Swope put together a little FAQ for you, below. We hope it is helpful.

Q: What’s the StateImpact mission when it comes to covering elections?

A: It’s the same as when we’re not covering elections. StateImpact explains the impact of state policy on people. Think of our election coverage as explaining the impact of the state policy choices before voters. Continue reading