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Nothing new: Reporting on Flint water crisis flounders

In January 2016, almost two years after the story of the Flint water crisis began, the Detroit Free Press published a story that added almost nothing new to the conversation. The story has its redeeming elements; it incorporates a highly personal element, including poignant and painful photos of several of its subjects, but fails to capitalize […]

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Unfocused Recount of the Flint Water Crisis

Anderson’s piece had a strong start, giving me high hopes for this article. The lede provided some strong pathos, with an individual story depicting the hardships of the Flint Water Crisis. However, it soon fell into a plethora of extra information with too many moving parts. We move into the nut graph which does tell […]

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The Political is Personal: The Flint Water Crisis

The article featured this week, titled “People of Flint speak: ‘Nobody should be living like this’” offers a captivating insight into the experiences of the residents of Flint, Michigan who are impacted by the water crisis. Detroit Free Press reporter Elisha Anderson, by interviewing affected individuals as well as public health professionals and local scientists, […]

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Strong Statements Lost in Article’s Random Structure

Elisha Anderson’s Detroit Free Press article looks to illustrate the enduring consequences of the Flint Water Crisis as experienced by the victims. The story starts with a strong lede, depicting a troubling scene of washcloth baths to appeal to the reader’s emotions. Anderson provides a smooth transition with the nut graph by describing the range […]

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Water in Crisis: Flint, MI.

In reading “People of Flint speak: ‘Nobody should … be living like this’” by Elisha Anderson of the Detroit Free Press, readers must first be familiar with the 2014 Flint water crisis. The article does not start with general background information nor a timeline of the crisis; instead, it starts with a narrative, human-interest lede […]

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Response to Flint: Ideas for collaborative journalism projects

What if environmental journalists around the country got together to respond to the Flint water crisis with a collective reporting project? What if environmental journalists collaborated with the people of Flint to help them gather an audience for their stories of being poisoned by lead in their drinking water? How could we work together on […]

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Is Media to Blame?

http://www.poynter.org/2016/letter-to-the-editor-national-not-local-media-whiffed-on-flint-coverage/393583/ ” This commentary from poynter.org “Letter to the editor: Local media didn’t whiff on Flint coverage” by John Hiner focuses on the media’s role in coverage of the Flint water crisis. In this commentary John Hiner discusses how the flint water crisis has been documented and reported on as early as October 2015, […]

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