Local reporting matters most, even when national media try to co-opt the narrative

This is why local journalism matters, sometimes more so on stories that attract national attention — and where America thinks everything is resolved when attention is diverted elsewhere. The local reporters don’t take off to the next big thing; rather, they grind it out, pushing back against those who seek to hide public information and who threaten to prosecute journalists who keep digging in order to cover up their misdeeds — as happened to the Sun-Sentinel staff. Kudos to those at the Fort Lauderdale newspaper who fought tenaciously against those in power at local school boards and the sheriffs department to reveal the facts behind the shootings at the Parkland, Fla., high school. Check out this powerful letter from a parent whose child was killed during the massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, which was sent to the Pulitzer Prize committee. Kudos to the staff in South Florida – and to journalists everywhere who seek truth and report it.

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About jgisondi

I am the author of the "Field Guide To Covering Sports," the second edition now available from Congressional Quarterly Press/SAGE, and "Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot" (U of Nebraska Press). Field Guide to Covering Sports, Second Edition goes beyond general guidance about sports writing, offering readers practical advice on covering 20 specific sports. From auto racing to wrestling, author Joe Gisondi gives tips on the seemingly straightforward—like where to stand on the sideline and how to identify a key player—along with the more specialized—such as figuring out shot selection in lacrosse and understanding a coxswain’s call for a harder stroke in rowing. In the new Second Edition, readers also explore sports reporting across multimedia platforms, developing a foundational understanding for social media, mobile media, visual storytelling, writing for television and radio, and applying sabermetrics. Fully revised with new examples and updated information to give readers confidence in covering just about any game, match, meet, race, regatta or tournament, Field Guide to Covering Sports, Second Edition is the ideal go-to resource to have on hand when mastering the beat. In "Monster Trek," Joe Gisondi brings to life the celebrities in bigfoot culture: people such as Matt Moneymaker, Jeff Meldrum, and Cliff Barackman, who explore remote wooded areas of the country for weeks at a time and spend thousands of dollars on infrared imagers, cameras, and high-end camping equipment. Pursuing the answer to why these seekers of bigfoot do what they do, Gisondi brings to the reader their most interesting—and in many cases, harrowing—expeditions. You can order both from Amazon.
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