Reporting on rural America: Pamela Dempsey talks about what’s missing.

On March 8th, I’ll be moderating a panel in Austin at SXSW on the challenge of Reporting on Rural America Under Trump. In the lead-up to the event, I asked Pamela Dempsey, executive director at the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, a non-profit newsroom that covers environment, agriculture, and energy in the Midwest, for her take. 

How to report on rural America: A conversation with Ken Ward, Jr.

In a lead up to a panel in Austin at SXSW, Reporting on Rural America Under Trump, I asked one of our panelists, Ken Ward, Jr., the MacArthur award-winning environmental reporter from West Virginia, to answer a few questions about how newsrooms can better cover rural places.

Four reasons to check out FERN’s SXSW panel on Big Food

Next week, FERN is headed to Austin, where I’m moderating two panels at SXSW! One of them — The Future of Big Food: What’s at Stake? — will take on big questions about where Big Food companies are headed. As eaters increasingly want transparency about ingredients, healthier options, and more sustainable packaging, where does that leave manufacturers? And will new labeling regulations shift the grocery environment? (No paywall)