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A reporter quickly shifted gears when COVID-19 struck to produce a renters’ rights guide to answer tenants’ urgent questions.
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The Denver Post hosted community conversations that are part of a larger project looking at youth suicide in Colorado — and whether more could be done to address the issue.
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Two leading engagement editors share lessons from the field about how engagement can help you frame and source stories to center community needs and fill information gaps.
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In a city that has been rapidly losing its black middle class, challenges for those who remain are heightened by poverty, isolation and systemic bias. But how does a journalist do more than just report on the problem?
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As a journalist, I was out of my depth and definitely out of my comfort zone. But after weeks of furious planning I looked around the Hall of Culture — a gorgeous ballroom in San Francisco’s African American Art and Culture Complex — and realized we had pulled it off....
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The Hope Buss offers free rides to the grocery store for people without personal transportation.
By jesikah maria ross and Olivia Henry
A nuts-and-bolts account of how community engagement made a crucial difference in telling the stories behind one California county's alarmingly high suicide rate.
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James Causey returned to his old neighborhood in Milwaukee to take a sustained look at how young people are impacted by trauma, and how a community garden is trying to buffer against that damage.
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What happens when a poorer, unincorporated section of Sonoma is annexed by a wealthier neighboring city? Two editors share what they learned from telling stories of how annexation is impacting a community's health.

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The USC Center for Health Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking two Engagement Editors to serve as thought leaders in one of the most innovative and rewarding arenas in journalism today – “engaged reporting” that puts the community at the center of the reporting process. Learn more about the positions and apply to join our team.

Nowhere was the massive COVID wave of winter 2021 more devastating than in America’s nursing homes, where 71,000 residents died in the surge. In this webinar, we’ll hear from the lead reporter in the USA Today series "Dying for Care," who will show how an original data analysis and an exhaustive reporting effort revealed a pattern of unnecessary deaths that compounded the pandemic’s brutal toll. Sign-up here!

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