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PublicSource receives awards in state contest

PublicSource reporters have been recognized for their outstanding work by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Keystone Chapter.

PublicSource reporter receives national award

Halle Stockton of PublicSource has received The Society of Professional Journalists’ national prize for feature reporting for ‘Love and Disability.’

The group recognizes ‘exceptional professional journalism’ produced in 2014 in print, radio, television and online categories.

Talking about heroin

PublicSource reporter awarded $15,000 ASU/Knight Foundation grant

PublicSource reporter Natasha Khan has been awarded a $15,000 Knight-Cronkite Alumni Innovation Grant.

PublicSource’s best stories of the year

There are lots of things you could factor into what makes a story one of the ‘best.’ For me, it’s a combination of things: the reporting, the writing, the impact. Also, did we tell you something you didn’t already know or explain something you’d heard about, but didn’t really understand?

These are the stories that I would select as my personal favorites of the work we’ve done. And I’d say that, by the numbers of people who read them, you would, too.

Heroin syringe

Why write about heroin?

PublicSource recently published a story about Holly Wright, the mother of two young children and a heroin addict.

It was one of the most read stories since we began three years ago and the video of Holly, now in recovery, and her three-year-old daughter, was the most watched.

Ben Bradlee and a ‘sassy broad’

There have been many eloquent tributes to Ben Bradlee, the consummate editor, charmer, lion of the Washington Post newsroom and editor during Watergate, who died last week at 93.

Certainly, every one of the hundreds of reporters he hired has at least one anecdote that speaks to his scintillating presence.

Including me.

Eric Holmberg: Reporting on campaign finance

Reporter Eric Holmberg discusses PublicSource's project to track campaign financing for Pennsylvania's 2014 gubernatorial race.

Conversations about work and disabilities

PublicSource hosted a unique panel discussion about sheltered workshops, the type of workplaces where people with disabilities earn less than minimum wage.

It wasn’t unique for its subject matter. A lot of people around the country are talking about whether workshops are fair and the best places for many people.

It was rare because it brought together people on opposite sides of the issue for a constructive discussion that left the experts and the attendees looking forward.