12th & Chicon: KUT’s Coverage Approach

The KUT newsroom wants to share stories from the people that live near 12th and Chicon and know it best. In doing this, we do feel we have to acknowledge that our news staff does not reflect the diversity of the community we’ll be covering. We have several objectives in this project, and one of them is to learn ourselves, how to better report from this neighborhood and others in Austin. We discussed with Dr. George Sylvie, an associate professor at The University of Texas School of Journalism, the “how to’s” of covering a community we, and other media, may not be familiar with; how do you build trust, how to address stereotypes, how to seek non-official sources, how not to advocate, and more.

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Matt Largey