Earlier this year Local Media Foundation and the Associated Press Media Editors were awarded a McCormick Foundation grant to conduct a special two-day symposium. The goal of this symposium was to educate community journalists on how to uncover local stories related to the impacts of the current economic crisis on the mental health of North American families and their communities.
The following resources are provided as a follow-up to this symposium as part of an ongoing comprehensive learning experience.
How to Cover the Effects of the Bad Economy on Mental Health Services in Local Communities
Hosted by Local Media Association and Local Media Foundation
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 3:00pm EDT (2:00pm CDT, 1:00pm MDT, 12:00pm PDT)
Click here to register.
Medicare Reform: Reporting Past the Rhetoric
Hosted by Poytner.News University
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 @ 2:00pm EDT (1:00pm CDT, 12:00pm MDT, 11:00am PDT)
Click here to register.
Reporting on the Economy and Mental Health
A collection of resources for journalists that grew out of a reporting workshop hosted by LMA and APME.
VIDEOS: | To be available soon.
Business and Economy. Fundamentals of understanding forces and trends, communicating them clearly and making them relevant to a general audience. What matters, and why.
Tom Contiliano, Senior News Executive, Bloomberg/Business Week, Washington D.C. and Leslie Patton, Reporter, Bloomberg News, Chicago
Community Stress. The global economic crisis has left communities and providers in a battle against budget cuts; ambushing the quality of services and supports to those with intellectual disabilities and mental illness. This story, of our most marginalized population, has become a blind spot to the public eye. How are communities responding?
Marian Saulino, Director, Values Into Action, Media, Pennsylvania
Suicide. Why it happens. How mental-health problems escalate. Seeking meaning. How to identify and quantify suicide.
Steve Moore, Illinois Board Member, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
A journalist’s ethical questions. When does private agony become a public story? What to report and how to report it? Are there rights and wrongs, or does each case stand on its own? Does competition matter?
Jack Doppelt, Professor, Medill School, Northwestern University
Convening the Community Discussion: Social media are more than status updates. Harness the power of online crowds with new tools, technologies and strategies. Build upon traditional reporting instincts and skills in an interactive environment with new solutions and better audience understanding.
Jeremy Gilbert, Assistant Professor, Medill School, Northwestern University
Numbers and databases. Trends, stats, charts, graphs. How to find them, read them, use them. Interpreting numbers and using them intelligently.
Alex Richards, Staff Writer, Chicago Tribune
Organizing yourself and your newsroom for effective, ongoing coverage of an critical community issue. Staffing and priorities. Time and resource management when there’s not an abundance of either.
Tom Koetting, Deputy Managing Editor, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Recap: The Economy and Mental Health