As part of our ongoing series examining how to measure and evaluate impact in public interest news, CPIJ met with John Baer, political columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, to discuss his thoughts on how public interest coverage, and particularly his column, impacts public officials and his audiences in Philadelphia and Harrisburg. The full interview is posted below, and a set of video clips on key issues follow.
Full Q&A with John Baer:
Clip 1: What are the issues that get Philadelphians engaged with state government?
Clip 2: Has your column had impact on public affairs in Pennsylvania?
Clip 3: Does your column hold public officials accountable?
Clip 4: What do you hope readers do with the information provided in your column?
Clip 5: Are news consumers becoming more cynical?
Clip 6: Are there changes you can make to increase accountability for public officials?
Clip 7: How is the impact of public interest journalism affected by shrinking resources at news organizations?