News & Brews: Why are WITF reporters texting the news?
Find out why WITF reporters are texting the news and help us shape our reporting. Join the newsroom team for drinks, food and casual conversation about the issues that matter most to you and your community. It’s a chance to become part of our journalism process and tell us about the things you value most.
August 16 | 6 – 8pm
Snitz Creek Restaurant & Brewery – Lebanon Location
7 N 9th Street
Lebanon, PA 17046
RSVP below to reserve one free drink ticket, compliments of Snitz Creek.
Earlier this year WITF reporters launched text clubs about their beats to keep listeners informed and give them a chance to suggest story ideas and topics.
The effort grows from WITF’s participation in America Amplified, a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that uses community engagement to inform and strengthen local, regional, and national journalism.
Over 260 community members (and counting!) have signed up and we’re excited to share highlights from recent reporting shaped by community input. Sometimes simple questions and ideas can lead to big stories.
At this News & Brews session guests will hear from Rachel McDevitt WITF’s StateImpact Pennsylvania Reporter as she discusses her “Driving an EV in PA” story. She asked for your questions about electric vehicles through her text club PA Climate News and her reporting focused on getting the answers. We’ll also explore PA Capitol News Chatter with WITF Capitol Bureau Chief Sam Dunklau. He’ll talk about how his loyal text clubbers kept the PA State Budget questions flowing and how that informed his reporting process.
- Scott Blanchard – Director of Journalism, WITF
- Robby Brod – Democracy Beat Reporter, WITF (Disinformation Debunked)
- Anthony Orozco – Latino Communities Reporter, WITF (Latino, Immigrant News)
- Jeremy Long – Digital Producer, WITF (America Amplified: WITF)
- Gabriela Martínez – Report for America corps member covering race and identity in Central Pennsylvania, WITF (Central PA Voices)
- Brett Sholtis – Health Reporter, WITF (Health News in Pennsylvania)
Learn more about our reporters, their beats and how you can get involved by becoming part of our growing text club community. You can also sign up for our newest texting club — Trust and Transparency with WITF news director and Morning Edition host Tim Lambert. Help WITF tell authentic stories about and for the region we serve. All of us have issues we feel passionate about. We want to know: which matters most to you?