Top 10 places to mine for story ideas in your community

Top 10 places to mine for story ideas in your community

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  1. Local government agencies and non-profit groups that work with the poor (149)
  2. Teachers (149)
  3. Medical professionals (149)
  4. Religious leaders (149)
  5. Librarians (149)
  6. Be aware of new immigrants and refugees, who are often poor. Check on ESL programs; many without good English will be struggling with poverty. (150)
  7. Learn about transportation problems for the poor and look carefully at how your healthcare and educational institutions and labor markets do or do not serve the poor. (152)
  8. I think the main thing is to get beyond the official sources. Go talk to people at the barber shops and beauty salons. Talk to the people who run convenience stores. They’re the ones who know the people who are coming in. (153)
  9. All municipalities house senior centers and social service agencies of one kind or another, often under the heading of Health and Human Services. (158)
  10. The minutes of the town board or the county board may contain discussion of poverty programs and moreso, the local school district minutes. (159)