Jennifer Peters | News Media Alliance | January 21, 2020
“A new subscriber called to tell us that she subscribed because of this story,” Joellen Easton, audience director for the Bangor Daily News, told us when she submitted this story to the News Impact Project. That’s the kind of reaction from readers we all hope our journalism will produce, which is what makes this story, “Mass eviction in Portland to uproot low income families,” such a perfect fit for the News Impact Project.
Within 12 hours of the story publishing, the situation had been resolved, and at least 16 families were able to stay in their homes because of reporter Callie Ferguson’s work. But journalism that makes an impact isn’t easy, and though the immediate impact is something Ferguson and Easton are proud of, they know how much work goes into every story that makes a difference.