Most importantly, the work provided crucial and timely information for our community and beyond, shedding light on a little-known impact of wildland fires that has devastated local families. Other newsrooms in the state began to cover stories about “standing home” survivors — a term coined by our pop-up newsroom. The response was overwhelming, with emails pouring in, thanking us for addressing urgent information needs.
BRL is spearheading a “locally focused capacity surge” — or a “capacity sprint” — to deeply inform communities when it feels impossible to do so due to smaller staff sizes. And it can be done anywhere.