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who die by suicide have underlying
mental health issues.
Jack Doppelt, publisher of Immigrant
Connect and RefugeeLives, posed
questions about how reporters should
pursue their stories, and when it may
be inappropriate to use a source, par-
ticularly if they are mentally ill, or if
the interview process may damage the
interviewee’s mental health.
Bloomberg’s Tom Contiliano and
Kevin Orland explained the basics
of the economy and useful places
journalists can look to gain new
perspectives into the inner workings
of businesses and not-for-profits.
Examining cash flow sheets of major
employers in individual communities
can be an enlightening and useful tool
for determining how money trickles
down, they explained.
Participants were also treated to a
plethora of resources to create mul-
timedia elements that can enhance
their reporting, and ways to mine
data for stories that would otherwise
not be told.
Jeremy Gilbert, assistant professor
at Medill, gave some tips and strate-
gies to enhance digital innovation,
using simple tools and social media
such as Twitter. He gave some specific
examples of projects put together by
his own students, which served as
jumping off points for ways reporters
to tell a story in a fresh way.
Alex Richards of the Chicago
Tribune’s investigative team spoke
about the importance of reliable data
and statistics to back up reporting
and to uncover important stories that
need to be told. He encouraged all
journalists to get a basic knowledge
of data management tools including
simple programs like Excel and free
Google tools that are readily available
Before the participants caught the L
or headed to the airport to fly to homes
in all corners of the continent, they
spent a couple of hours munching on
Giordano’s Chicago-style pizza and
discussing ways to bring what they
learned back to their own newsrooms.
From immediate actions to visions of
large projects to be completed a year
from now, groups brainstormed story
ideas and ways to create long lasting
progress from the experience.
Handy’s idea to create a collabora-
tive story was met with a sense of
excitement and potential. Harnessing
the power of a motivated group of
journalists will be a task examined
during future webinars. Each of
the participants promised to keep
in touch and continue spreading
the excitement and insights they
gained from the experience for years
from the SRI
Why can’t we link
suicide rate to the
How does health
care reform affect
Talk to employers
about why they
can’t continue same
health care coverage
given the health care
reform law passage.
views on mental
How are mental
impacted by lower
How are local
use of public
We have a
health crisis. Who’s
there to take care
Talk to people
who have received
Interview HR people
on how they handle
lay-offs, pay cuts – is
there a safety net or
do you just hand the
employee a box and
tell them to clear out
Holly Wise is City Editor at the Killeen
Daily Herald, Killeen, TX.
Melissa Westphal is a reporter at the
Rockford Register Star, Rockford, IL.
Saerom Yoo is a reporter at the Statesman
Journal, Salem, OR.
Stephanie Porter-Nichols is Editor at the
Smyth County News & Messenger, Marion,
Conrado “Sluggo” Rigor is Editor/
Publisher at the Filipino-American Bulletin,
Eric Vreeland is Breaking News Editor at
the News Sentinel, Knoxville, TN.
Kevin Lyons is the news editor of the
daily Northwest Herald. Crystal Lake,
Claire Paradis is the associate editor of
the Arrow Lakes News in Nakusp, British
Anne Neborak is a reporter, columnist
and photographer for the Delco News
Network, Holmes, PA.
Kate Pastor is Editor at the Riverdale
Press, Bronx, NY. She is also the reigning
Local Media Association Editor of the
Year, non-daily newspapers.
Emma Perez-Trevino is the senior reporter
at the Brownsville Herald, Brownsville,
David Pollard is a reporter at Pioneer
Press in suburban Chicago, IL.
Larry Hendricks is a News Team Leader
for the Arizona Daily Sun, Flagstaff, AZ.
Barb Ickes is a columnist and reporter
for the Quad City Times, Davenport, IA.
Skye Kinkade is a reporter for the Mt. Shasta
Area Newspapers, Mount Shasta, CA.
Amritha Alladi is a reporter at The News
Star, Monroe, LA.
Karrey Britt is a health reporter at the
Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence, KS.
Dolly Butz is a health reporter for the
Sioux City Journal, Sioux City, IA.
Journalists Who Took Part in the SRI Training:
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