By Anh Nguyen, Megan Milligan, Ashley Stalnecker and Zoe LaPorte
When tragedy strikes a community, local journalists are first on the scene gathering information and interviews. Continue reading Reporters share lessons, experiences covering tragedy and trauma
By Megan Milligan
Tragedy can strike anywhere at anytime and reporters have to be there to serve as the eyes and ears of their community and the world. Justine McDaniel and Laura McCrystal have been there for Philadelphia during tough times. Continue reading Philadelphia reporters have each other’s backs covering tragedy, trauma
By Zoe LaPorte
The Reading Eagle received many honors at the Keystone Press Awards on Saturday night, including the Sweepstakes Award for Division II. Continue reading Reading Eagle honored for freedom of information fight
By Ashley Stalnecker
Some journalists have changed careers or moved to lighter beats after covering catastrophic events. Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Rachel Crosby said covering the mass shooting on the city’s famed Strip has only made her more passionate about her field. Continue reading Las Vegas: A deep commitment after deadliest shooting
For years advertisers have tried to figure out what Millennials consume digitally. As news consumption habits changed, newsrooms have been eyeing new ways to win over this demographic. Continue reading ‘Podcasting evangelist’ gives secrets to reaching younger audience
By Liz Allen
Crunchy snacks, craft beers, local wines and sports memorabilia are among the items up for bid at this year’s auction, which supports the Pennsylvania Society of News Editors’ online reporter project. Continue reading Check out cool, quirky auction items
By William Derry
Five Keystone award winners what it took to produce award winning stories on a panel Saturday and told journalists what they could do to produce high quality work. Here’s what they said:
News Organization: WHYY/Newsworks
Entry: Begging for mercy: Philly panhandlers say citations are ‘pointless’
While making her daily five-block walk to work one day, Dana DiFilippo noticed a homeless man who was panhandling receive a ticket, so she went up to him and asked why he had received the ticket.
That interaction prompted DiFilippo to talk with nine more men, who were also panhandling. That led to an article about the conundrum of giving tickets to those who cannot afford to pay them.
Although she finished the article in a week, DiFilippo said that stories are everywhere and that she was intrigued to ask questions that she always wanted to know the answers to.
“You can do really good work on a smaller scale. Small stories can have big impact,” she said.
News Organization: Philadelphia Media Network
Entry Title: Why Your Train Is Late
Transportation coverage can be become very dry at times, according Jason Laughlin.
But you can tell stories that affect people.
Laughlin and two other staff writers at the Philadelphia Media Network decided to answer a question that affects many SEPTA Regional Rail riders: Why your train is late?
Laughlin and his colleagues also discovered interesting activities that could be done with the time wasted waiting for the train.
One piece of advice that Laughlin offered to attendees of the panel discussion: “If (a topic) not universal, then it may not be worth writing.”
News Organization: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Entry Titles: Confronting the past; Tainted CDC; Taking their Shots
Joe Smydo continued his coverage of mental illness in the state of Pennsylvania this past year by writing various editorials about its impact on state residents.
He focused his reporting on two communities with a high number of mental illness cases, finding a way to present “cool” data and tell human stories.
News Organization: Philadelphia Media Network
Entry Titles: With start of both DNC and Eagles camp, worlds collide in South Philly,Mississippi Freedom delegate remembers turbulent 1964 in Atlantic City and Ex-prosecutor: I would’ve let Philly juvenile lifer out in 8 years
Despite a tight deadline, Amy Rosenberg completed two feature stories that were published three days apart from each other. Rosenberg admitted that it was a lot of work but the second feature that was published had been a story that she wanted to know more about. The article about the young juvenile lifer was a story that Rosenberg had known about since 1988, so her knowledge of the piece was extensive.
News Organization: The Sentinel Carlisle
Entry Title: 181 Shooting: John Wayne Strawser
No one wanted to dig into the background of John Wayne Strawser, who was accused of killing a man on Interstate shooting, until Joshua Vaughn decided to investigate.
Vaughn published a four-part series that examined what lead up to the killing of Timothy Davison, and the death of Amy Lou Buckingham. Through public documents and taking two vacation days to drive to West Virginia for police records, he pieced together a story about how the deaths could have been prevented.
By Julia Schuller
Want to reach millennials, but don’t know Instagram from Billy Graham? Turn to the social media experts.