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EWA​, the professional organization dedicated to ​strengthening the community of education ​writers and improving the ​quality of education coverage ​to better inform the public, hosts ​a weekly podcast featuring lively interviews with journalists.

Sep 15, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has forced most child care centers to close in an upstate New York community where affordable options for families were already in short supply. That’s having a ripple effect on the local workforce and economy. North Country Public Radio is covering the story from multiple perspectives, including child care centers and smaller home-based businesses struggling to stay afloat, and parents taking a “DIY” approach to finding solutions so that they can continue to work. Education reporter Amy Feiereisel discusses the crisis, and why every reporter in her newsroom has contributed at least one story to the ongoing series. How are reporters reaching out to parents and child care providers to gather both quantitative data and anecdotal evidence? What do early learning advocates say are the potential risks for young children in child care deserts? And what are compelling story ideas for reporters to pursue on the situation in virtually any community?