Pulling off big projects in small(er) newsrooms
Seeing amazing work being done by pioneers in our industry invigorates and inspires, but when we get back to our newsroom, reality can dampen our excitement. ‘We don’t have the budget’ or ‘We can’t let you take time away from your beat’ or ‘Nobody here even knows where to begin on that’ are common refrains in smaller newsrooms, and frequently mean your great idea is canned before it even has a chance. Alas, there are ways to hack these problems, offer creative solutions to your bosses and even make money for your organization with your idea. From finding developers who can work with you on a budget and structure the project, to gaining buy-in from higher-ups and finding revenue opportunities, this discussion will offer a framework for getting your big idea done.
Emily Le Coz is the managing editor of GateHouse Media's National Data and Investigations Team, based in Sarasota, Florida. Previously, she served as deputy investigations editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where she collaborated on the nationally award winning "Bias on the Bench" investigation. Before that, she was an investigative reporter at the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, where she also helped cover the legislature and was a stringer for Reuters.
Nate Morabito will join WCNC-TV's investigative team in his hometown of Charlotte in July. Named an IRE Award Finalist in 2016, Nate spent the last 14 years at WJHL-TV. His investigations have resulted in changes to federal and state law, policy changes, criminal investigations and guilty pleas. Nate is a graduate of Syracuse University, an East Tennessee State University graduate with a master's degree in digital marketing and an adjunct instructor. @NateMorabito
Denver-based Data/Investigative Reporter at The Colorado Springs Gazette, focused on statewide accountability journalism. Formerly: The Desert Sun/USA Today Network, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, Arizona Capitol Times. @EvanWyloge
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