Getting started on the crime and courts beat

Crime reporting is a high pressure job. Local journalists who cover crime stories share their best practices for acing the crime beat. Alaska’s News Source investigative reporter Daniella Rivera and Homer News’ Megan Pacer used strict daily schedules for years to stay on top of police and courts news. Charging documents matter— know which you…

How to get ideas for coverage and reach more people by asking your audience

Social media presents a challenge to the traditional role news organizations have played as gatekeepers of information — anyone with a smartphone can now engage in public discourse. But by submitting questions to the public in  “callouts,” newsrooms can find valuable new leads and gain a deeper understanding of what the public needs. “We can…