StateImpact In The News

Current | May 2013

Stations Continue StateImpact Without NPR

NPR has scaled back ambitious plans for StateImpact, its reporting partnership focused on public policy issues in eight states, but the project will live on among its 17 participating stations as the network shifts focus to new collaborative initiatives.

Columbia Journalism Review | May 2013

StateImpact Makes Its Mark, But Won’t Expand

Director Lynette Clemetson says she is delighted with the work done by the StateImpact reporters—who she calls “the next generation of public media journalists.” “I’m so proud of our model,” Clemetson said. “On this small scale, we changed the way reporting is done.”

Columbia Journalism School | December 2012

StateImpact Pennsylvania Wins 2013 duPont Award 

The prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards recognized StateImpact Pennsylvania for its coverage of Pennsylvania’s energy economy and for being “an important model for reporting on local issues.” The award committee cited reporting by Scott Detrow of WITF Harrisburg and Susan Phillips of WHYY Philadelphia as well as the ShalePlay interactive developed by the NPR StateImpact team. StateImpact is one of 14 duPont winners this year.

Online News Association | September 2012

StateImpact Florida Wins 2012 Online Journalism Award

The StateImpact Florida team won a national award from the Online News Association for its “No Choice” investigation into admission policies of Florida charter schools. The project was the small newsroom winner of the Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism. Also, the entire StateImpact network was a finalist in the explanatory journalism in a large market category.

Data Driven Journalism | March 2012

Data Journalism at NPR: Interview with Matt Stiles

“I oversee data journalism on the StateImpact project, a local-national partnership between us and member stations. My typical day always begins with a morning “scrum” meeting among the D.C. team as part of our agile development process. I spend time acquiring and analyzing data throughout each data, and I typically work directly with reporters, training them on software and data visualization techniques. I also spend time planning news apps and interactives.”

Nieman Journalism Lab | December 2011

NPR’S StateImpact Project Explores Regional Issues with Focused, Data-Driven Journalism

“Billed as ‘station-based journalism covering the effect of government actions within every state,’ StateImpact essentially takes the extensive resources of a national news organization and applies them to the local level.”

PBS MediaShift | December 2011

If I Were Starting NPR’s Project Argo in 2012

“It makes me so thrilled to see Argo’s sister project, StateImpact, double down on context in their approach to blogging. They are proving that marrying well-tended topic page overviews with regular blog posts can be a formula for success … StateImpact joins sites like Salon and SBNation in starting to blur the line between stories and topic pages. And I like it.”

NPR’s This is NPR blog | July 2011

Mem­ber Sta­tions Col­lab­o­ra­te to Make the StateIm­pact

“The scope of the project is impres­sive: to hire and train two reporters in all 50 states to focus on this crit­i­cal (and under-reported) beat.”

Amer­i­can Jour­nal­ism Review | July 2011

Beef­ing Up State Cov­er­age

“Mon­day marked the debut of Web sites in three states that are the open­ing salvos of StateIm­pact, a ven­ture that ulti­mately aims to add at least two reporters to inves­ti­gate state­house news in every state.” | July 2011

StateIm­pact Pilot Begins Scrutiny of Gov­ern­ment in 8 States

“The fruit of this eight-state pilot phase will guide NPR as it expands the project to a sec­ond wave of sta­tions begin­ning this fall, while prov­ing to fun­ders that the cov­er­age is worth sup­port­ing — or so par­tic­i­pants hope.”

Net NewsCheck | August 2011

In Cleveland, Comments Rock the Boat

“At StateImpact Ohio, the focus is on thorough, thoughtful reporting. ‘We don’t feel constrained by trying to keep up with the daily stories,’ ideastream general manager David Molpus explained. “We look for more thematic stories and try to go deeper.’”

The New York Times | October 2010

With Grant, NPR to Step Up State Government Reporting 

“The project ‘creates capacity for local stations to hire reporters and to cover issues that matter that other places aren’t doing,’ said Vivian Schiller, NPR’s president and chief executive. ‘Everything that we’re doing as relates to member stations comes down to two things: building local news capacity and making sure the content we create is available to all people across all platforms.’”