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VIDEO: Katches spearheads state's largest investigative reporting team

December 15, 2010, 5:58 AM | Mandy Hofmockel

Editorial Director Mark Katches pushes his team of reporters to do "kick-ass" investigative journalism at California Watch.


VIDEO: Farnsworth shares stories with media outlets statewide

December 6, 2010, 4:55 AM | Mandy Hofmockel

As the distribution and online community manager, Meghann Farnsworth connects California Watch stories with print, TV, radio and online news outlets across the state.

VIDEO: Rust brings science background to her environmental reporting

November 29, 2010, 7:02 AM | Mandy Hofmockel

Susanne Rust conducted plenty of in-depth scientific research as a Ph.D. student. Now the award-winning journalist researches environmental issues for California Watch.


VIDEO: Davis keeps eye on the ball with political coverage

November 22, 2010, 6:17 AM | Mandy Hofmockel

Politics can feel like sports with all its skirmishes, says money and politics reporter Chase Davis. But California Watch focuses on issues beyond the political scoreboard.

VIDEO: Lin looks at big picture for quality-of-life reporting

November 14, 2010, 11:06 PM | Mandy Hofmockel

At California Watch, Joanna Lin investigates public health issues, which could involve everything from demographics to unemployment.

VIDEO: Public safety reporter digs deeper than just the stats

November 8, 2010, 12:05 AM | Mandy Hofmockel

Too often, agencies release crime statistics that may not mean anything, says Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Ryan Gabrielson. His job is to make sense of the numbers.



VIDEO: Alvarado tries new ways to reach audiences with the news

November 2, 2010, 4:49 AM | Mandy Hofmockel

As the public engagement manager, Ashley Alvarado identifies the people most affected by California Watch's reports and looks for ways to get them involved.


VIDEO: Health reporter covers stories with 'life-and-death consequences'

October 25, 2010, 12:05 AM | Mandy Hofmockel

With reporting experience at the Sacramento Bee and ProPublica, reporter Christina Jewett investigates the state's health and welfare issues "story by story, study by study."


Lead screenings provide public-engagement platform

October 20, 2010, 12:20 AM | Ashley Alvarado

Report. Write. Edit. Publish.

At many news outlets, that’s all that is expected; that’s the life of the story. But at California Watch, we aim to do more. Through high-impact articles and innovative thinking, we want to reach new audiences and converse with the communities we serve, engaging them in our stories and arming them with the information and tools they need to effect change.

Meghann FarnsworthPublic Engagement Manager Ashley Alvarado speaks with shoppers at the Richmond Flea Market.

That's just what we did when earlier this month we held three lead screenings across the state – in diverse sections of Oakland, Richmond and Los Angeles, where risks for elevated blood-lead levels tend to be higher.

We invited the public to bring jewelry and used a rented Quickshot X-ray fluorescence analyzer to screen it, producing results within seconds. In total, we screened nearly 150 items. Some tested high, but the vast majority were well within legal limits. At each location we were able to have meaningful conversations – mostly in Spanish – about the dangers of high lead levels in jewelry...

VIDEO: Education affects everyone, says reporter Johnson

October 18, 2010, 12:05 AM | Mandy Hofmockel

Reporter Corey G. Johnson examines education issues that have far-reaching implications, and he says California Watch allows journalists to dig deeper on those issues.




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