Hi there.

I'm Taylor. I work at the Seattle Times and I’m interested in audience engagement, investigative reporting and journalism education.

About Me

I’m a news producer on The Seattle Times' digital team, where I develop audience engagement strategies, connect with readers through social media and work with the investigative team on digital strategies.

On the side, I write a weekly newsletter called The Lead to provide resources and connections for student journalists in college and high school.

I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism with a bachelor’s degree in investigative and international reporting. I’m especially interested in how investigative reporting and audience engagement can connect more organically.

An overview of my past experience:

  • At the Poynter Institute, I reported on the future of news with a focus on student media.

  • At the Columbia Missourian, I led a team focused on bringing community engagement into the reporting process and reported on health and higher education.

  • At Investigative Reporters and Editors, I wrote and edited resources for thousands of investigative journalists.

  • At POLITICO Europe, I developed engagement strategies to reach an international audience.

In my free time, I love being outside, traveling, and cooking things besides my all-time favorite food, mac and cheese. Let's talk about travel, books, dogs or whatever else is on your mind.

Student Newsletter

In fall 2018, I created a weekly newsletter called The Lead for student journalists in college and high school. I saw a lack of resources for student journalists and wanted to make it easier for them to connect. The newsletter addresses the unique challenges student journalists face, features student work from across the country, and curates tools, resources, internships and training opportunities.

Sign up for the newsletter and read the archive. These are a few of my favorite issues:

Other reporting on student journalism:

Engagement

I'm passionate about bridging the gap between newsrooms and the communities they serve by fostering connections online and face-to-face. I don’t define the world of “engagement” as solely social media (although I can do that, too) — I believe newsrooms need to build trust with their readers in order to tell their stories and serve them authentically.

I’ve worked on audience engagement teams at multiple newsrooms, partnering with reporting teams, developing digital strategies and planning in-person events. Samples of my past engagement work are below.

Columbia Missourian:

POLITICO Europe:

Reporting

My favorite stories combine data with narrative to show how policies affect real people. I’ve reported on education, health, public safety, business and other local issues. I’ve also examined the ever-changing news industry and covered new developments in journalism. Selected stories are below.

Columbia Missourian

Lack of maternal health care puts pregnant women at risk in rural Missouri

MU medical school retains accreditation, has two years to make big fixes

After Clinton's defeat, some Columbia women mourn lost chance for a female president

College of Arts and Science faces financial instability as O'Brien departs

Charlotte Observer

North Carolina businesses feel the pain of cuts to seasonal worker visas

Need a new hobby or stress reliever? Try throwing axes at this Charlotte facility.

American Airlines and its workers at odds over new uniforms

POLITICO Europe

Belgian football club levels playing field for refugees

Women march in protest against Donald Trump

The Maneater (student newspaper)

Interactive Timeline: A Historic Fall at MU — The Maneater

I created an interactive timeline with another editor using Timeline JS to contextualize the events of the tumultuous fall 2015 semester at the University of Missouri. It was cited by The New York Times, The Washington Post and other national outlets and became The Maneater's most popular piece of content ever with over 200,000 views.

After stepping down as chancellor, Loftin isn't dwelling on the past

Provost Garnett Stokes brings experience with faculty morale and Title IX

Investigative Reporters and Editors

The Home Team: Sometimes your best resources are inside your own newsroom

Lessons from the Storm: Three journalists reflect on covering Hurricane Harvey

Investigator's Toolbox: Organization

Poynter

As local newsrooms shrink, college journalists fill in the gaps

Georgetown student journalists report from Louisiana to trace the school’s history of slavery

Digital startup Colorado Sun plans to cover the whole state in greater depth

MediaShift

What "engagement reporting" is and why it matters

Get in touch

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