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Statehouse News Bureau capstone projects shine light on Obamacare, Ohio prisons

by Robert Stewart, Director

In case you missed them, the capstone projects produced by our three “fellows” taking part in the Statehouse News Bureau program this past fall are worthy of your attention.

Two of the three public affairs projects focused on issues related to Ohio prisons. Michael Locklear, a senior broadcast journalism major, looked at the slow pace of efforts to reduce the prison population in the state as a cost-saving measure.

“Ohio prison reform slower than expected,” by Michael Locklear, WOUB News

Pamela Engel‘s front-page story in the December 30, 2012 Columbus Dispatch looked at the dangers inherent in the state’s facilities that house teenages.

Kate Irby‘s Cleveland Plain Dealer report examined efforts by officials in Ohio to respond to mandates outlined in the Affordable Care Act.

“Ohio weighing lots of factors before deciding whether to expand Medicaid,” by Kate Irby, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Now only in its second year, our Statehouse News Bureau is becoming a signature part of our public affairs reporting curriculum. I’m very proud of these three projects and what they represent: well-reported stories on important topics that matter to the taxpayers and residents of Ohio.

Hats off to Michael, Pamela and Kate, as well as to Tom Suddes, who supervises the students in this program. And we are grateful to all who support it, including the Scripps Howard Foundation, The Columbus Dispatch, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, WOUB and Ohio University’s Center for Public Media, the Statehouse News Bureau of Ohio’s public broadcast outlets, as well as our friends at Kent State University and the University of Cincinnati.

Kate Irby discusses her experience in the Statehouse News Bureau.
January 8, 2013

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