We have some exciting shifts within our newsroom to announce, and it has everything to do with serving you better.

TyLisa C. Johnson, who you know as our K-12 education reporter, has been promoted to become PublicSource’s first audience engagement editor. In that role, she will work to build relationships with our current audience and help others discover our journalism, online and offline. She will focus more attention on what you want from our newsletters and social media feeds. TyLisa will also produce audience-driven stories on a variety of topics in accessible formats. Before this change becomes official-official, later this week, PublicSource will release an in-depth project by TyLisa about truancy among students in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Contact TyLisa by emailing tylisa@publicsource.org or on Twitter @tylisawrites.

Jourdan Hicks, host of the From the Source podcast, has been promoted to senior community correspondent. In that role, she will not only continue to host the podcast (expect season three to launch in next month!), but she will also look to attend more community gatherings, host events and offer education opportunities to our followers. 

Contact Jourdan by emailing jourdan@publicsource.org or on Instagram @hicksjourdan.

Together, TyLisa and Jourdan will drive efforts in our newsroom and out in the community to connect with you, our audience, on a deeper level. So tell us: What would you like to see in how PublicSource engages with the community? Are there unanswered questions swirling about your community? Is there an event or resource you wish existed? 

Oliver Morrison, who has been a reporter at PublicSource since 2017, will step in to cover K-12 education in Pittsburgh and elsewhere in Allegheny County. Oliver is a former middle and high school English and drama teacher and is looking forward to turning his attention back toward education. 

He just released a compelling project on the crisis and turnaround at Pittsburgh’s water authority as he transitions off of the environment beat, so be sure not to miss the series. He would love to hear from you on what kind of education coverage you’re looking for.

Contact Oliver by emailing oliver@publicsource.org or on Twitter @ormorrison.

PublicSource is not abandoning coverage of environmental issues. We still want to hear your tips and ideas to help us answer your questions and produce important in-depth articles. Send in ideas through this pitch form or email me at halle@publicsource.org, along with any comments or questions you may have about these changes.

Halle Stockton is the managing editor of PublicSource. She can be reached at halle@publicsource.org or 412-515-0065.

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Halle has served as managing editor for PublicSource since 2015, leading the newsroom and its editorial strategy. Prior to this role, Halle was a reporter for PublicSource for three years and for the Sarasota...