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Articles by Christine Schmidt

Christine Schmidt is a staff writer at the Lab after having been its 2017 Google News Lab Fellow. Previous newsrooms include The Dallas Morning News, NBC4 in Los Angeles, the Hartford Courant, and a short stint at Snapchat. She hails from Chicago’s Southside Irish and can only give recommendations for thin crust pizza.
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“These skills are in some ways very similar to doing journalism. As that was impressed upon the cohort, that helped make a shift: It helped give people a mindset where they felt more confident and realized, ‘Yes, I do have the skills to do this.'”
“If the Iowa Falls newspaper writes about its hospital for two years, it’s an Iowa Falls problem that Iowa Falls has to solve…And by the time you’re talking about a major region of the nation like that, it becomes a national problem to be solved.”
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“When we see a need, we are able to get volunteers. We organize and make it happen, so people feel like they are closer to us.”
“Asking people to support the Bee via digital subscription can be a path for us. However, that path is long. This effort can help serve as a bridge.”