COURIER’s Wisconsin Newsroom, UpNorthNews, Nominated for 2 ‘Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism’ Awards
Eau Claire, WI — Two stories produced by UpNorthNews, a Courier Newsroom outlet in Wisconsin, have been nominated for awards in the 92nd annual Milwaukee Press Club “Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism” contest.
The two stories – “The Problem of ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Marinette, and the Solutions That Could Take as Long” and “One Year Later, COVID-19 Deaths Leave Many Holes Across Wisconsin” – were nominated in the Best Hard Feature Story for Online Outlets and Best Pandemic Story (Online Outlets) categories, respectively.
Courier’s reporting is unique in that it is produced by and for the local communities it reports on — delivering the news to folks where they are: on social media and in their email inboxes. It is high quality journalism adapted for today’s audiences.
UpNorthNews’s nominated pieces are just two examples of the daily content that is produced and distributed by Courier’s eight state newsrooms across the country. Our newsrooms distill and localize the most pressing news stories and topics, and present them in skimmable and shareable formats.
“Up North News’s recognition for their stellar journalistic work proves that our approach to local news still delivers high-quality journalism while engaging new audiences who may feel left behind by legacy media,” said Tara McGowan, founder and Publisher of Courier Newsroom. “We believe that localizing and contextualizing how the decisions being made in Washington and in statehouses across the country affect people’s day to day lives at the local level will help deepen Americans’ civic engagement within their own communities.”
COURIER’s NC Newsroom, Cardinal & Pine, Takes Home nine Awards from NC Press Association Contest
Charlotte, NC — An impressive nine pieces of COURIER outlet Cardinal & Pine’s journalism have been awarded prizes by the North Carolina Press Association.
C&P was awarded five first place, one second place, and three third place prizes in the association’s annual journalism contest
COURIER’s reporting is unique in that it is produced by and for the local communities it reports on — delivering the news to folks where they are: on social media and in their email inboxes. It is high quality journalism adapted for today’s audiences.
C&P’s nominated pieces are just two examples of the daily content that is produced and distributed by COURIER’s eight state newsrooms across the country. Our newsrooms distill and localize the most pressing news stories and topics, and present them in skimmable and shareable formats.
The announcement comes on the heels of COURIER’s release of data from an RCT experiment in Virginia validating the effectiveness of its unique model of news distribution via boosting on social media platforms.
“COURIER combines award winning journalism with distribution tactics that ensure underserved audiences actually see our work,” said Tara McGowan, founder and Publisher of COURIER. “Our team at Cardinal & Pine furthers our mission every day and these newest accolades further prove the quality of journalism that they produce.”
COURIER Hires Politics Editor, Carolyn Fiddler
COURIER Celebrates Third Anniversary
New York, NY — COURIER, a network of eight local, online newsrooms spread across the country, celebrated its third anniversary on June 28.
Founded in 2019, COURIER has localized, contextualized award-winning journalism for coverage for an audience often left behind by legacy and mainstream media. Its model focuses on meeting our audiences where they are – on social media and in their email inboxes – with skimmable and easily consumable content.
Since its founding, COURIER has launched and acquired eight local newsrooms, grown its total audience to nearly 800,000, and was acquired by anti-disinformation start up Good Information, Inc. The journalism that the COURIER teams have produced have been recognized by press associations across the country and have been amplified by larger news organizations like CNN, MSNBC, and the New York Time.
COURIER’s audience numbers accrued over the past three years have put it in the company of other major local news organizations.
“I am beyond proud of what COURIER has accomplished in just three years,” said COURIER’s Founder and Publisher, Tara McGowan. “Local news is collapsing in America today, and with it, access to good, trustworthy information. We are reimagining local news with a content development and distribution model that meets people where and how they consume information today, and leveraging that model to increase informed civic participation among some of the most politically disengaged Americans. I truly believe COURIER’s model will be one news organizations of all sizes will soon be emulating.”
Nearly Two-Thirds Of Voters Support Jan. 6th Committee
WASHINGTON, DC — A new COURIER / Data For Progress poll released today shows an overwhelming majority of Americans — 65% — support the U.S. House’s bipartisan investigation into the January 6th attack on the Capitol.
KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE POLL:
- A majority of voters support the work of the January 6th Select Committee (65%).
- A plurality of voters — 43% — believe Donald Trump bears “a lot of responsibility” for the January 6th attack; while an additional 12% believe he bears “some responsibility.
- When asked “how concerned or not concerned are you about Trump Republicans promoting violence to achieve political goals in future elections,” 44% of respondents said they were “very concerned,” with an additional 17% claiming to be “somewhat concerned.”
- Asked whether individuals and groups, including elected officials like Donald Trump, should be held criminally responsible for fueling the January 6th attack, 56% agreed.
- When asked “would you be more or less likely to vote for a candidate that worked to overturn the 2020 election, such as voting to decertify the results, or would it not affect your choice,” 46% of respondents said they would be less likely to support a candidate fitting that description.
- 50% of voters would be less likely to support a candidate for office that continues to claim the 2020 election was rigged — compared to 20% who said they would be more likely to support that candidate.
To view the full results, click here. From May 27 to 31, 2022, Data for Progress conducted a survey of 1,220 likely voters nationally using web panel respondents. The sample was weighted to be representative of likely voters by age, gender, education, race, and voting history. The survey was conducted in English. The margin of error is ±3 percentage points.
NRSC Chair Plan To Raise Taxes, Sunset Fed. Programs Toxic To Voters
WASHINGTON, DC — A new poll released today by COURIER and Data For Progress shows Americans of all political backgrounds overwhelmingly reject the agenda proposed by the Republican senator tasked with winning back the upper chamber — Rick Scott (R-FL).
- 94% of voters have heard “nothing” or “only a little” about Sen. Rick Scott’s plan to increase taxes on more than half of all Americans and end Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the Affordable Care Act in five years, unless Congress votes to reauthorize them.
- The GOP plan is universally unpopular with 71% of voters, including 62% of Republicans, stating opposition to the plan. Only 15% of respondents support it.
- Among independent voters, the plan is electoral poison for Republicans with 47% of independent voters saying the plan would make them less likely to vote for Republican candidates in November, while only 12% said it would make them more likely to vote for him — 41% said it wouldn’t impact their choice.
To view the full results, click here. From April 30 to May 3, 2022, Data for Progress conducted a survey of 1,110 likely voters nationally using web panel respondents. The sample was weighted to be representative of likely voters by age, gender, education, race, and voting history. The survey was conducted in English. The margin of error is ±3 percentage points.
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Localizing & Contextualizing The End Of Roe V. Wade
Much has and will continue to be written about POLITICO’s bombshell report that the Supreme Court has voted to overturn landmark decision Roe v. Wade. But too often, local news outlets — understaffed and under-resourced — rely on regurgitated AP stories to fill the (web)pages of their publications.
Not us. At COURIER, we’re not just reporting the news out of Washington, we’re digesting that news and presenting it to our audience in a way that’s relevant to their lives and their communities.
Here’s a look at some of our recent coverage — published and distributed in the spaces where under-served news consumers spend their time: online — from around our eight state newsrooms, localizing the issue of abortion access and contextualizing the threat for voters.
Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Gov’t Involvement In Sexuality & Gender Identity, Poll Finds
WASHINGTON, DC — A new COURIER / Data For Progress poll released today shows an overwhelming majority of Americans believe the government has no place in discussions of a person’s sexuality or gender identity.
When asked to think about government involvement in a person’s sexuality and gender identity, 88% of respondents said they most identified with this statement: “The government should not have a say in personal matters like a person’s sexual preference or gender identity.”
A plurality of voters (48%) oppose laws that would restrict discussions about sexual orientation and LGBTQ history in classrooms and limit transgender rights. Additionally, a plurality of voters (39%) said they would be much less likely to vote for a candidate who would support laws that discriminate against LGBTQ individuals in schools.
The poll also found that voters seem to reject the most extreme examples of anti-LGBTQ laws/sentiments. A majority (55%) oppose Texas’ directive targeting transgender youth and their families. Additionally, a majority (55%) of voters do not buy right-wing talking accusation of “grooming,” saying that teachers and parents that support discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity in school are not groomers.
While voters in general oppose anti-LGBTQ policies in schools, a majority of voters have heard only a little about the recent push in GOP-led state legislatures to target LGBTQ education.
From April 13 to 17, 2022, Data for Progress conducted a survey of 1,155 likely voters nationally using web panel respondents. The sample was weighted to be representative of likely voters by age, gender, education, race, and voting history. The survey was conducted in English. The margin of error is ±3 percentage points. Full results.
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Iowa Starting Line Story Leads To Money In Teachers’ Pockets
“YOUR TEAM GOT A LOT OF PEOPLE PAID”
Des Moines, IA — A story reported by COURIER outlet Iowa Starting Line (ISL) last month about teacher “thank you” bonuses being taxed by the state led directly to a State House amendment to put that money back in the pockets of Iowa teachers.
Having read previous ISL coverage on education and GOP efforts to impose state control over classrooms, affected teachers reached out to senior editor Ty Rushing to bring to light a discrepancy in the bonus promised by IA Governor Kim Reynolds (R) and the actual payout.
That reporting led to the introduction of an amendment by State Rep. Chuck Isenhart (D-Dubuque) to address the issue, citing Rushing’s reporting on the House floor. One week later, a similar, Republican-backed amendment passed the House, exempting the teacher bonuses’ from state taxes.
One Iowa labor leader later told ISL, “(y)our team got a lot of people paid.”
“Rushing and ISL’s reporting on Iowa’s teacher bonuses is another example of the direct and sometimes immediate impact quality, local reporting and access to good information can have on people’s everyday lives,” said Tara McGowan, founder and publisher of Courier Newsroom. “COURIER’s teams work day in and day out to not only represent the communities who are often forgotten by legacy news outlets through their reporting, but to inform them about how politics and policies impact their lives, which then empowers those communities to become more civically engaged. Democracy is at its best when everyone participates in it and that’s what nimble, local journalism can help make possible.”
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66% Of Voters Think Government Should Not Interfere In Reproductive Rights, COURIER/Data For Progress Poll Finds
WASHINGTON, DC — A New COURIER / Data For Progress poll released today shows a bipartisan majority of Americans — 66% — think the Government should not interfere in personal matters like reproductive rights.
KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE POLL:
- A majority of voters oppose overturning Roe v. Wade, including a majority of Democrats (70%) and Independents (52%), and a third of Republicans (33%).
- A majority of voters (61%) say they would be very or somewhat concerned if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
- A 66% majority of voters think the government should not interfere in reproductive rights, with Republicans split on the issue (48% should not interfere, 46% should interfere)
- A majority of voters (54%) say they would be more likely to vote for someone who is an outspoken defender of reproductive rights, this includes 73% of Democrats and a 53% majority of Independents, while a plurality of Republicans (38%) would be less likely to do the same
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New COURIER/Data for Progress Poll Shows ‘Putin Wing’ of the GOP Is Deeply Unpopular
NEW YORK, NY – March 28, 2022 – New polling data released from Courier Newsroom and Data for Progress shows more than three-quarters of American voters disapprove of instances when lawmakers have expressed support or admiration for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.
- The Russian invasion of Ukraine is high salience issue, with over 70% saying they’ve heard a lot about it
- When it comes to the increase in oil prices, voters are somewhat split between blaming Putin and Biden
- Blame follows a partisan pattern
- A majority of voters approve of Biden’s uniting of global allies
- This includes Democrats & Independents, while Republicans are split
- This does not necessarily equate to approval of Biden’s overall handling of the crisis
- 81% of Americans have heard little to nothing at all about pro-Putin Republican comments
- Democrats report having heard or read about these comments at a higher rate than Independents and Republicans
- When voters do hear of pro-Putin Republicans comments, they overwhelmingly disapprove
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New COURIER/Data for Progress Poll Shows Americans Across All 50 States Oppose Increasing Efforts to Ban Books from Schools
NEW YORK, NY – March 4, 2022 – New York, NY — New polling data released today from Courier Newsroom and Data for Progress shows the growing efforts in Republican-led state houses to ban books from public schools is deeply unpopular with voters.
STATE HIGHLIGHTS FROM ARIZONA, IOWA, AND MICHIGAN:
ARIZONA: 75% of Arizonans believe banning books from public schools is un-American. Yet, Arizona Republicans trying to ban schools from using books that include sex acts. Three in four Arizona voters oppose such bans and believe it’s censorship.
IOWA: 77% of Iowans oppose book banning efforts — agreeing with the premise that book banning is a “form of censorship and goes against American values of freedom of speech and expression.” Yet, Iowa Republicans have pushed an effort to ban schools from teaching material from the 1619 Project, a collection of essays on slavery, race, and the origins of America created by Iowa-born author Nikole Hannah-Jones. Three in four Iowa voters oppose lawmakers banning books in schools and believe it’s censorship.
MICHIGAN: 78% of Michiganders agree with the idea that banning books in public schools is un-American. Still, Michigan Republicans want to pass bills schools from teaching material that could be considered “anti-American” or “racist,” including the 1619 Project, a collection of essays on slavery, race, and the origins of America. Nearly four in five Michiganders oppose such efforts and believe it’s censorship.
Data for Progress estimates opinion at the state level using a machine learning model trained on nationally representative survey responses linked to a commercial voter file. The model accounts for over 400 variables, including individual demographic characteristics, vote history, and primary participation as well as the political and demographic characteristics.
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