The Tribune in 2021 partnered with student reporters at Salt Lake Community College on a project called Amplify Utah. The goal is to bridge the gap between young people and news media organizations by elevating a diversity of voices.
The Tribune magnifies the voices of student journalists (and those of their communities) by publishing across its platforms reporting that is relevant to young, diverse audiences. Editors at SLCC and The Tribune provide feedback and students are paid for each piece that is published at sltrib.com thanks to a grant from Google News Initiative.
The project has already proven successful in its purpose; student-authored stories published through The Tribune have gained significant readership on digital platforms.
Utah News Collaborative
In the spring, we launched a web-based collaborative of Utah news organizations that share daily stories online and in print as we look to reduce duplication and spend more of our time on the local news that is relevant to our readers.
Membership stretches from Moab to St. George to Logan. The collaborative allows participants to share daily reporting that would be relevant in other parts of the state so we can spend time on local reporting.
We are adding TV and public radio partners in 2022.
Community engagement & partnerships
We have expanded our free access of the Salt Lake Tribune to libraries across the state.
High School Seniors
In fall 2020, we launched a pilot program with The Salt Lake City School district granting free digital subscriptions to all high school seniors. We plan to expand this statewide.
Utah is the fastest growing state in the nation. Growth brings opportunities, but also challenges — whether you can afford to buy that home or rent that apartment, bike safely to work or access public transportation, breath clean air and drink clean water. These challenges shape our daily lives and their urgency only grows with time.
The Innovation Lab uses data-driven journalism to identify solutions to our most pressing public challenges.
We explore challenges from all angles to “come up with a beautiful, elegant solution that works,” as Steve Jobs said.
We convene relevant stakeholders — impacted citizens and residents, community organizations, and business, nonprofit, and government leaders — to plot a strategic path to a better future.
In short, we use innovative journalism to build solutions to problems that don’t want to be solved.
Report For America
The Tribune’s collaboration with Report for America continues to be a great success. Report for America places emerging journalists in newsrooms throughout the country, covering a portion of their salaries while the news organizations fundraise for the rest. At The Tribune, we are proud to call Becky Jacobs and Zak Podmore our colleagues. Becky has explored the anniversary of women’s suffrage and has turned more of her attention to stories about Utah’s women of color. Zak has written extensively about the coronavirus impacts on the Navajo Nation and a series about the challenges of get clean drinking water to remote areas of the reservation. In 2021, we welcomed Alixel Cabrera who writes about communities on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley.
“The solution to the profound crisis we’re facing right now is local news…” Report for America founder Steve Waldman said. “People are starting to understand that having strong long news is…one of the most important parts of the solution.
FRONTLINE and The Tribune
A team of reporters from The Salt Lake Tribune and the PBS series FRONTLINE spent a year gathering information on police shootings in Utah.
They requested hundreds of police records, watched hours of body camera footage and talked to dozens of families. This work has led to a series of investigative reports, and now it will be featured in a new documentary called “Shots Fired.”
The film aired on PBS Utah Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 and is available to stream online. It explores police training, tactics and accountability. It also looked at racial disparities in police shootings.
The Tribune and FRONTLINE will continue to publish stories based on the expanded database in the weeks and months to come. Those stories, including a recent piece on why the police shoot to kill, not wound, can be found at sltrib.com/shotsfired.
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