Even if your newsroom is small, think BIG

Kristen Hare

By Kristen Hare, Poynter

The Durango (Colorado) Herald’s team of reporters is basically the size of a nuclear family. Last summer, including an intern, they had five people.

For several months, reporter Mary Shinn and freelance audio journalist Sarah Flower worked together on solutions journalism coverage of the crisis of youth suicide in La Plata County, “the second leading cause of death in the country for people between 15 and 24,” the project’s prologue begins.

You can read about how that tiny newsroom took on such a big issue today, and then check out the specific strategies, wins and losses from the project over at API’s Better News.

Here’s a few lessons from how they did it.


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