The Seventy Four’s Campbell Brown couldn’t get Democratic presidential candidates to do an Iowa town hall on education, but front-running Republican candidates have been happy to talk to her. Above see an 11-minute clip from her interview with Marco Rubio (and the accompany article Rubio Decries System Where Only Rich Can Choose Schools).
Exclusives and original video reporting are going to be keys to helping the education site take off, I still feel, in a world in which there’s so much education news and commentary already being produced online every day. The advantages of presenting things visually — kids being warehoused, or roughed up, teachers doing great work or struggling, etc. — are obvious.
In interviews like this one on a much-watched local cable news show, Brown continues to try and create space for being both an advocate AND a journalist:”She says a reporter inserting personal opinions makes for a more honest story. What she calls the “old mentality about journalism” no longer applies in the new tech-social media world. “Can you keep an audience when you play that role of, ‘This side says this, this side says this?’ People know better. They’re not going to buy it,” she says…. “I just don’t think it’s effective. I don’t think you’re going to find an audience or connect with people.”
Meantime, the site is making some inroads with traditional news outlets, such as a recent handful of articles published via The Atlantic’s education site. The latest is this one about school police and there have been two others by Mareesa Nicosia. Other sites that publish via The Atlantic include The Hechinger Report. And they’re still growing. The site is looking for a Senior Editor.
Related posts: Unsolicited Advice On The Launch Of “The Seventy-Four; About The Washington Post’s Campbell Brown Story; Is The Media Mis-Characterizing (Or Just Ducking) Possible NCLB Benefits?; How PBS & The Seventy Four Responded To Criticism; What Do Education Journalists Make?