Kamaria Roberts, deputy director of local news transformation at the American Press Institute

Better News revisits the best stories of 2023

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From the Montgomery Advertiser’s efforts to build trusted relationships with residents of rural Alabama to a Florida public media organization boosting its hurricane coverage to reach its audience where they live, Better News highlights how local news organizations can become more successful, innovative, and sustainable.

Better News also serves as a platform where local news organizations from around the U.S. can share actionable strategies with others experiencing similar struggles in navigating the ever-changing, digital-media landscape.

In this special year-end episode, Better News podcast host Michael O’Connell talks to Kamaria Roberts, the deputy director of local news transformation at the American Press Institute. Roberts highlights the work API has done over the last year through its Better News Initiative and what may be in store for 2024.

The Better News podcast is a partnership between It’s All Journalism and the American Press Institute to a) showcase innovative/experimental ideas that emerge from the Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund and b) share replicable strategies and tactics that benefit the news industry as a whole. Sign up for the Better News newsletter to receive news about the latest resources, case studies, and insights. For more news about the IAJ podcast and future episodes of Better News, sign up for the weekly IAJ newsletter.

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