Kent Fischer, an education blogger for The Dallas Morning News, has scored multiple A1 stories and hundreds of blog comments because some of his readers alerted him to new grading policies for the Dallas Independent School District.
At first, Fischer didn't think the new policies were a big story, but then some of his readers provided him with documents that persuaded Fischer to think otherwise. Fischer published those documents on his blog and a firestorm ensued. He has received hundreds of comments from teachers, parents and the general public about the situation.
Most of the comments are negative towards the new policies. The story has now even garnered national attention.
Fischer's credibility was called into question before his readers once again stepped up and provided him with documents to prove his accusers wrong. The school district tried to claim that the documents were just drafts and that Fischer jumped the gun by publishing them. Fischer's readers provided documents that proved that the district had been referring to them as finalized.
Fischer has been blogging for a little more than half a year, and he is beginning to find new sources through his beat blog. His new sources and blog were the main reasons why Fischer was able to break this story.
Listen as Fischer recounts how his blog readers have handed him a major story and how they have acted as a truth squad to dispel the district's FUD.