Carolyn Crist knows a little something about place.
A freelance journalist based in Georgia, Crist specializes in health, science … and travel writing.
The graduate of University of Georgia’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication spent several years assisting UGA’s Travel Writing in Prague program, in addition to writing about the uninsured, obesity, aging and other health issues.
Now she has leveraged her interest in location into a tip sheet for fellow journalists looking into the impact of geography on health, especially poverty.
Crist writes and curates Covering Poverty, a weekly online newsletter with relevant news stories, and resources for a range of beats, including health and race.
“We’re seeing more conversations in the United States about the connections between race/class and geography/poverty, and I’m encouraged by that. However, we need to include more context to explain ‘how we got here’ in stories, even if a few sentences,” she told me recently.
In this new tip sheet, she helps guide health reporters looking for story ideas, particularly on the link between location and geography on people’s health. She included resources, emerging trends, and relevant questions to ask. All of it can spark potential story ideas.