Building the strength of our small but powerful team


I like that in journalism we use the term “beats” to describe when a reporter is focusing on a particular issue. “Beat” makes you think of music; it is the regular pulse, the element that makes you applaud. The word can also evoke the heart. Each heartbeat is a measure of life.

These two definitions speak of things that are fundamental to the entity they serve. Likewise, a reporting rhythm can help journalists do their most basic job of educating and informing. But it also allows them to deepen its impact. By exploring a topic over time, journalists gain expertise, knowledge, and sources to tell stories with a more authoritative perspective. They can earn the trust of readers who recognize this constant interest and the fruits it bears. And at MLK50, where we’re determined to make a meaningful and tangible difference in the lives of our readers, the beats builds the strength of our small but powerful team.

This is why we are happy to announce that our team of journalists has officially switched to the rhythms that fascinate them.

The rhythm of Carrington J. Tatum is environmental justice. It was obvious; her award-winning coverage of the Battle of the Byhalia Pipeline has proven her deep desire not only to educate our readers, but also to help steer the conversation about how we view the natural world. “I want my reporting to expose environmental injustice, raise the voice of black and brown communities living with its consequences, and give them information to seek equity,” he says. The EJ Rhythm examines the things we often take for granted: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the soil we walk on. And that’s why Carrington thinks it’s a vital topic to explore. Send him ideas and advice at [email protected]

Jacob Steimer will cover housing and development, which means he will be writing stories that address the concerns of tenants, landlords, buyers and homeless people. “I have long been frustrated with the way housing policy has been used to help people already at the top,” Jacob says. “The pace of housing is also tied to many of my favorite subjects – economics, education, and government policy.” You’ve probably read his story about the rent hike in Memphis and another about the $ 30 million investment in South City. Jacob will continue to build on these stories, always keeping in mind Dr. King’s legacy and commitment to fair housing. Tell him your housing stories at [email protected]

Hannah Grabenstein focuses on work, work and health equity. Hannah has already shown her skill at telling stories about health inequalities, and she didn’t want to give up. The work and work part is extended to the work she has done too; this year, more than ever, MLK50 is committed to telling stories about workers, what they do and how they live. After all, it’s part of the DNA of the birth of MLK50. “It’s an incredibly exciting time for the job, which I think is going to undergo major changes,” Hannah said. “We may be witnessing one of the most important changes for working people since the Great Depression. Which is interesting! ”Tell Hannah what you think would be interesting to read at [email protected]

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