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Introducing MORI– Our impact tracker tool

In February, we launched a tool called MORI– which stands for Measures of Our Reporting’s Influence. MORI is a WordPress plug in that was born of Chalkbeat’s fundamental belief that journalists can make a difference.

We’ve been using MORI for a couple months now with our reporters, and now we’re excited about the potential to share it with other newsrooms.

Today we set up this page, which includes a short MORI demo video and a link to a white paper we wrote at the request of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (who also commissioned a memorable paper on impact by Richard Tofel of ProPublica last year).

If there is enough interest from other newsrooms to use MORI, our hope is that we can get more funding and resources to improve the technology and share it with other organizations.

So check out our white paper, the MORI demo below and e-mail us at [email protected] if you’re interested in learning more!

share your story

Looking for inspiration to share your Detroit schools story? Watch us share one of our own

Erin Einhorn takes the stage at the Charles H. Wright Museum.

Chalkbeat believes in telling stories: The stories of teachers, the stories of parents, the stories of children, and the stories of our schools.

Now we’re inviting readers to share their experiences with Detroit schools — submit yours here. We’ll publish the best on our site plus select a few to be told live on stage at the Charles H. Wright Museum on March 17 at our upcoming event hosted by Satori Shakoor of The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers. (Get your tickets here before they sell out.)

For a preview, watch this video of last week’s Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers, where Erin Einhorn, our senior reporter in Detroit, shared a story about the moment she realized Detroiters needed new and better ways to get information about their schools. Her story begins at the 7-minute mark.

Raise your voice

Passionate about education? Want to help improve our journalism? Join Chalkbeat’s Reader Advisory Board

Support our journalism by joining Chalkbeat's Reader Advisory Board.

Dear Readers,

It’s a busy time at Chalkbeat. We’ve officially expanded to Detroit, where we plan to continue and strengthen our work of elevating underrepresented voices and keeping communities informed.

As we grow, we want to ensure that our reporting always represents the perspective of you, our dedicated readers. Will you help us as we continue this work?

We’re looking for 2-3 representatives from each of our five locations (Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, New York, and Tennessee) plus a few national representatives to join our Reader Advisory Board.

Serving on this board means you will help guide our coverage, hold us accountable, and help us build strong relationships in the communities we cover. We are asking members to commit to a two-year term that requires participating in three 90-minute video conference calls with Chalkbeat editors and reporters per school year (six in total for a two-year term).

In these meetings, we’ll discuss upcoming projects, brainstorm new angles and source opportunities, discuss how our team is working towards sustainability, and hear your feedback, amongst other things. Members should anticipate some light work between meetings, including regularly reading Chalkbeat stories.

You should apply if you:

  • Care deeply about education
  • Want to see your community reflected in our journalism
  • Are excited by and want to support our core values
  • Can commit to three evening video calls per school year

Interested readers can apply via the application below (or in a new tab here) or send any questions to [email protected].