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EHRP and Erie News Now Team Up to Cover Economic Hardship in Erie, Pennsylvania

This March, Erie News Now and the nonprofit Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP) teamed up to hire a multimedia journalist to focus specifically on financial challenges faced especially by underserved lower income communities in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Karen Hansen spoke to Brian Trauring, Executive Vice President of Erie News Now’s parent company, Lilly Broadcasting, and David Wallis, Managing Director of the EHRP, to learn more about the unique collaboration.

Though Trauring and Wallis germinated the idea at RTDNA’s San Antonio conference last summer, well before COVID, it took on increased urgency as the economic consequences of the pandemic radiated across the country. “It’s interesting to me that we started this before the pandemic hit, and now…with the economic consequences that are so severe, it turned out to be absolutely the right time,” Trauring said.

Read the full piece here.

Save An Endangered Species: Journalists

The Economic Hardship Reporting Project supports independent journalists so they can create gripping stories which often counter the typical disparaging narratives about inequality. This high-quality journalism is then co-published with mainstream media outlets mobilizing readers to address systemic economic hardship.

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