In 2018, KPCC-LAist redesigned its early childhood education beat to focus on telling stories with and for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5. As part of that redesign early childhood reporter Mariana Dale weaves some basic methods into her daily work. For example, with every interview, she asks people about their information needs:
- What’s an issue that isn’t getting enough attention?
- What do you wish you knew more about?
- How do you find information about early childhood?
She also spends about 20 minutes a week maintaining a spreadsheet on her sources. It helps her follow up with sources after a story is published to share how their information was used (or why it wasn’t).
Check out the link for a breakdown of the ways she incorporates engagement into everyday reporting.