On the Road : November 2010

Sharpen rural coverage

By Doug Haddix, IRE training director

Plenty of watchdog stories are waiting to be told in small towns and rural areas across America, says Daniel Gilbert of The Wall Street Journal. “There aren’t enough of us (reporters) in rural areas, so there are lots of opportunities to plow new ground,” he told participants at an IRE Better Watchdog Workshop earlier this month in Charleston, W. Va. The workshop was hosted by The Charleston Gazette. Geographic challenges, such as long distances between county courthouses, can be an obstacle but shouldn’t deter journalists from doing a deep dig on an ...

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