2013 Beat Reporting for Print/Online (Small Staff) Third Prize: Molly Bloom

Molly Bloom | StateImpact Ohio

Judges’ Comments

“Molly Bloom uses database reporting to develop the themes of her reporting and then finds the real people to illustrate it. The end product is strong, reader-accessible journalism that reflects the views of all components of the education community. Her use of social media to augment her reporting is an added plus.”

“Molly Bloom brings energy to her education coverage and makes good use of social media and other crowd-sourcing techniques to bring new voices to the fore. Clearly she is not waiting around for a press release to learn what is happening and she has found good ways to go beyond the “usual suspects” and let community members raise different issues. The ongoing value-added debate will require the best resources available to give readers a fair and insightful grasp of that idea.”