This journalist is trying to change the way we talk about foster care | KALW

This journalist is trying to change the way we talk about foster care

Sep 8, 2016

Journalist Daniel Heimpel is the founder of Fostering Media Connections, a nonprofit he started in 2010. He focuses on the foster system through what he calls "solutions-based reporting."

He got the idea after noticing that a lot of reporting on foster kids tends to focus on how hard life is for these kids, rather than on ways to help.

Currently a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy as well as USC’s Sol (SOUL) Price School of Public Policy, he came into KALW to talk about the intersection of journalism, child welfare, and policy.

DANIEL HEIMPEL: Generally speaking, the news media likes to cover the one percent of narrative — the child death.

To listen to the complete interview, click the audio player above.