Covering Poverty

The Covering Poverty organization at Cox Institute has been an amazing opportunity to learn more about how to write and report on poverty. During my time with Covering Poverty, I’ve compiled resources for people in Oglethorpe County who need help, worked with The Current to research for an investigative piece on predatory title lending and contributed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Everyday Heroes with a profile about a UGA student doing great work for food insecure students.

After completing each article in Covering Poverty, we write about how we reported the story in hopes of helping others who report on poverty in their own communities. Below, you can find some of the stories I’ve worked on as well as links to how I reported the story.

Everyday Heroes: Claire Mistretta

We were able to work with the AJC on the project Everyday Heroes. For this project, journalists created profiles about impactful Georgians. Here’s how I reported this story.

How title lenders trap poor Georgians in debt with triple-digit interest rates

We helped compile research about the active title lenders in Georgia for this piece. It was incredible to see how amazing the story turned out. Here’s how we researched for this story.

Ways to help those in need in Oglethorpe County

We wrote a service journalism piece for the Oglethorpe Echo where we compiled resources for people looking for aid in Oglethorpe County. This was my first time creating a true service journalism piece, and I learned a lot about what information is the most helpful for readers. Here’s how we reported this story.

Covered With Love: Virginia Sanders profile

We are currently working on a profile for the Oglethorpe Echo on Virginia Sanders. She is the founder of Covered With Love, a group that crochets afghans for the Oglethorpe community. This has been one of my favorite stories to write. My co-writer and I attended two Covered With Love meetings to get to know more about Virginia Sanders, and she even taught us to crochet in the process!