Within the expansive term “audience” are numerous diverse communities, and a point we heard repeatedly from these journalists is that they think about multiple audiences. Some of the audiences can be quite specific. Some reporting and writing is aimed at one particular audience, and sometimes it’s designed for more than one. Among those audiences or […]
Jane Elizabeth (Page 7)
Senior Manager, Accountability Journalism Program
Jane leads the American Press Institute's project to improve and expand accountability journalism. She is the Washington Post's former deputy local editor; and has taught journalism at Old Dominion University, the University of Pittsburgh and Point Park University.
Jane's work at five metropolitan U.S. newspapers has focused largely on politics, regional news and education. She was a reporter and editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; launched and directed PostLocal.com at the Washington Post as deputy local editor; and, as senior editor, created and managed The Virginian-Pilot's first digital news team.
She holds a master's degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a 2017 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard.
These journalists strategize ways to ensure their stories have context and a place in their readers’ lives. They think about impact as they report, frame and write, keeping in mind who can take action on the issue at hand. (This characteristic and relationship-building were tied at No.1 when participants were asked which of these seven […]
Effective accountability journalists smartly balance their time on story choices, audience interaction
As reporters are being asked to juggle more tasks with fewer resources, high-impact journalists are skilled at managing their responsibilities through what one reporter called “the art of the calendar.” They run their days and devise their work methods in a way that’s anticipatory, efficient and flexible. They give unusual consideration to balancing the need […]
Effective accountability journalists spend considerable time building relationships with sources and readers
While it’s true that high-impact reporters use multiple forms of digital communication to help find and connect with sources and audiences, it’s clear that personal contact is at least equally important to them. “I never turn down an invitation,” said Mary Ellen Klas, who added that she answers every email from readers. As a former […]
In addition to cultural competency with different communities, these highly effective reporters also manage the challenges of life inside stressed and stressful newsrooms. That navigation includes finding “tribes” of like-minded colleagues in all departments and helping to build bridges among those tribes; and when confronted with problems, finding constructive solutions rather than spending energy venting. […]
The Week in Fact-Checking: Let’s talk less about Facebook and more about what journalism can do to fight fake news
In the weeks since the “what-just-happened-here” U.S. presidential election, columnists, opinion writers and reporters have: (1) blamed Facebook (2) blamed themselves (3) lectured readers (4) chastised teachers and (5) created fake-news tip sheets and other such things. Self-assessment, anyone? Here are some steps for journalism to take now. Quote of the week “Refuse to accept information simply because […]
Tired of talking about Facebook? Here’s what journalism needs to do to fight misinformation and fake news
Way back in the spring of 2015 — long before false accusations of massive voter fraud and pizza-shop sex rings and before the Facebook fake-news beatdown — about 10,000 people were asked this question in a survey from the American Press Institute: “What do you think are the biggest challenges facing journalism in general today?” The […]
The Weather Channel and its meteorologists have a message for Breitbart News, and they got right to the point in the headline on their recent article: “Earth Is Not Cooling, Climate Change Is Real and Please Stop Using Our Video to Mislead Americans.” Quote of the week “Part of the reason fake news is so easy to […]
Is everything @realDonaldTrump tweets “news?” The more important question is not whether to report on Trump’s tweets, but how. Many early headlines failed to indicate that Trump’s assertion was not corroborated by the facts. Here are five tips for conscientious headline writers. Quote of the week “No matter how Trump feels about the media, the […]
Fact-checking and accountability reporting in 2017: What the American Press Institute is doing, and an invitation to join us
The 2016 presidential election has been marked by several head-spinning “firsts” — people and practices not seen in the history of U.S. politics. One of those is the surge of accountability reporting by journalists, particularly political fact-checking. Never before has fact-checking been such a player in U.S. presidential elections. At news organizations from NPR to […]