It’s not hard to find inspiring, interesting, boundary-pushing journalism at both the national and local level.
The Washington Post created an interactive to see the path of this summer’s total solar eclipse. Vermont Public Radio’s Brave Little State is a Hearken-powered monthly podcast that asks readers to decide what gets covered. “Harvest of Change” from The Des Moines Register used 360 video, virtual reality, an online database and narrative storytelling to introduce farm families navigating a changing world. Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Class of 2025” has spent several years already following a class from kindergarten through graduation. And Nashville Public Radio’s Neighbors podcast acquaints listeners with members of their community through podcast storytelling.
It’s also hard, with cutbacks, layoffs and an atmosphere of diminishing trust, to feel like there’s time or resources for such ambitious work.
Last week at the Online News Association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., Poynter’s Kristen Hare and Sara Baranowski, editor of the Iowa Falls Times Citizen, offered ideas on how to do just that.
We call it “The Weird Al Method,” and you can try it yourself with five steps designed to help you scale big ideas down to something that’s manageable for you and your newsroom.
Hare: The first step for you is finding something that inspires you. This is probably the easiest step. Like Weird Al Yankovic, look for something great that someone else has done and get ready to make it your own. What do you look for?
Baranowski: I look for things
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/news/small-newsroom-few-resources-here-are-5-tips-scaling-big-projects-down