“An international audience and a local audience”: How Fusion and The Guardian are changing their coverage of underreported areas (Nieman Lab)
“73 percent of media workers are located between Virginia, New York, Boston and the West Coast. The rest of the country, ‘flyover states,’ has about 27 percent of the country’s media workers,” Quart said, citing statistics from a recent Politico report. “So the question becomes: How do we get these unheard voices amplified?”
The answer is a joint project with Reed, who helps local reporters from flyover states develop longform stories. She is eager to collaborate with their local newsrooms, so that reporters are published both internationally in The Guardian and within their own communities.
“We are really keen to unlock stories that can be read on a micro level in your small town, all the way up to an international level. We think there are tons of topics, like the public land grab that is currently happening in Montana,” she said. “We think these stories merit an international audience and a local audience. So we want to work with local editors without being patronizing. It’s not journalistic tourism, it’s about collaboration.”