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Now that NPR has made it clear what the rules are for employees and fake news, maybe they can concentrate on how to cover the real news.
NPR has received a $1.8 million grant from the Open Society Foundations to begin a project called Impact of Government that is intended to add at least 100 journalists at NPR member radio stations in all 50 states over the next three years.This is a good idea. Statehouse news coverage has suffered in recent years as media companies have lost ad revenue and been forced to cut back. The easy target? The reporters who cover the ins and outs of state government, with its plodding pace, scintillating subcommittee action and bitchfights settled by Robert's Rules of Order. Fuck all that, just run more celebrity news off the wire.
The reporters, editors and analysts will cover state governments and how their actions affect people.
The project “creates capacity for local stations to hire reporters and to cover issues that matter that other places aren’t doing,” said Vivian Schiller, NPR’s president and chief executive. “Everything that we’re doing as relates to member stations comes down to two things: building local news capacity and making sure the content we create is available to all people across all platforms.”
Ms. Schiller said the journalists would not be part of typical statehouse coverage, but instead would work on enterprise journalism that looks at how state government decisions play out over years, and extend beyond a single state’s borders.
But guess what? A lot of what happens in the statehouse matters. To people and businesses. Nothing like some new tax proposal or having state budget cuts affect you to make it suddenly much more interesting.
Of course, this being NPR, there's a fund-raising plan in the works.