The 9 Wants to Know investigative team at Tegna-owned KUSA in Denver brings elasticity to local investigative reporting, experimenting with longer pieces, powerfully contextual graphics and unconventional cameras. But passionate reporters and a deft team leader are the real drivers behind its innovation.
Dave Jorgenson produces twice-daily posts geared to young audiences on nascent social video platform TikTok. In 10 months, he’s gained 400,000 subscribers there and tens of millions of views of his witty short videos, including tips on coronavirus hand washing and handshakes.
WFAA’s David Schechter and parent company Tegna are putting ordinary people in Dallas in the role of reporters to tackle divisive issues like climate change, racism and Trump’s border wall. The results, longer-form Verify Road Trip stories on digital and broadcast, are gaining both viewers and trust.