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

Local news organizations can create stronger ties with the communities they serve and find sources by submitting questions to the public in “callouts.” There are several ways of doing this— from online forms to in-person events. A good callout has a clear audience in mind, and is transparent about what will be done with the…