The Times wanted to know how the pandemic was affecting Americans financially. The reporting team set out to collect a large enough sample of bills that they would be able to spot meaningful patterns in the types of charges and billing codes used for COVID-19.
What if poverty coverage was more personal? Instead of throwing abstract numbers and figures around, what if stories showed people living under the poverty line? People clearly had stories to tell during such uncertain times. Thus began an engaged journalism project.
KOSU has recognized the need for sharing our human experience during unstable times like these throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Communities are coming together now more than ever, and this is the quintessential time to gather safely and digitally to listen to each other’s stories.