How the Tribune Star used $2,500 from APME

By Dakota Crawford  Ball State University The employees were just doing their jobs, or so that’s what they said. Max Jones, editor of The Terre Haute Tribune Star, gave an unexpected cash bonus to a handful of reporters and editors for the completion of a five-part investigative series that revealed the city’s financial crisis. The staff was able to research and accurately cover municipal finance thanks to a … Continue reading How the Tribune Star used $2,500 from APME

“Flip It!” : Diversity, Community and a New American Journalism

By Francesca Lupia Stanford University From the streets of Ferguson, Missouri to the US-Mexico border, the unrest over the last year  has done more than make headlines. New emphasis on underrepresented populations has flipped the face and focus of American news. Journalistic practice must follow suit, said Alfredo Carbajal at Saturday’s APME/ASNE panel discussion, “Flip it! Disruptive ways to engage untapped audiences.” “You’ve got to deconstruct … Continue reading “Flip It!” : Diversity, Community and a New American Journalism

Build trust, spend time, reach new audiences

By Dakota Crawford Ball State University There’s not an easy way to cover unfamiliar communities. There’s no algorithm for building trust with previously uncovered sources and there’s no covering up perceived divides between reporters and new contacts. The challenges in connecting with new audiences are numerous, but the payoff is worth it, said Alfredo Carbaja, managing editor of Al Día, The Dallas Morning News’ Spanish … Continue reading Build trust, spend time, reach new audiences

Panelists urge diversity in the newsroom

By Barry Sanders Stanford University In St. Louis, one African-American crime reporter made all the difference with the development of a police-involved shooting, said Gilbert Bailon, editor at St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “She went out there and spent time, because initially there was a lot of resistance. This was a community that was very closed off. They were suspicious of outsiders, but she was able to … Continue reading Panelists urge diversity in the newsroom