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Six Ideas for Community Radio Year One Reporting

There are many tools for stations reflecting on President Trump’s first 365 days in office.

As we near the end of the first year since the inauguration of Donald Trump, many media organizations are looking back at the last 12 months. If your community radio station or community media outlet is seeking resources to assess the White House, there are many journalism initiatives available to help.

  1. Pew Research has been tracking public opinion of President Trump and the cultural issues that have arisen during his first year in office. As you might guess, viewpoints on foreign policy, race and Trump’s domestic platform are divided along partisan lines. You might want to explore Pew’s Donald Trump topic category for coverage ideas.
  2. Gallup has maintained an job approval matrix for Presidents Truman to Trump. While perspectives on each leader may be colored by the time, historical moments and more, such data may inform possible reporting on the current administration.
  3. President Trump in 2017 pledged more boots on the ground to fight the opioid crisis in America. Community radio producers might want to look at the opioid subject in their cities and states, and the status of the battle affecting millions of Americans. The New York Times has a county-by-county map, tracking the epidemic.
  4. Health care was a major headline in Trump’s first year. The Washington Post’s Health 202 has been tracking the news and is worth a look for reporting. How are your area’s health care providers responding? How do your lawmakers feel about the impact federal changes could have on residents?
  5. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA, became a key battleground in the immigration debate this year, as did the sanctuary city conversation. Many universities and other institutions developed programs on the issue, while communities wrestled with which way to go. How did the subject affect your community? How large was the population of DACA applicants in your area? The Brookings Institution has an interactive map of DACA applicants by state.
  6. With midterm elections in 2018, much is being made of the Trump effect on Republican hopes for retaining control of Congress. FiveThirtyEight has a 2018 election center to plumb as you create media.

The first year of President Trump’s administration was one of many headlines. As your community radio station prepares to report on the anniversary of his ascent to the White House, it is a fresh opportunity to involve your community and deliver coverage it values.

2018-01-10T16:54:48+00:00By |