When the World Comes to Your Community: Tips for Reporting on the Local Impacts of International Trade

April 21, 2023
2:00 P.M. ET
This event is co-hosted by The Journalist’s Resource and EconoFact. The Journalist's Resource is a project of the Shorenstein Center aimed at bridging the gap between journalism and academia. Its primary goal is helping journalists improve their work by relying more often on scientific evidence and high-quality, peer-reviewed research. EconoFact is a nonpartisan publication designed to bring key facts and incisive analysis to the national debate on economic and social policies. It is published by the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Stories focusing on international trade can be complex and it may seem impossible to find local angles to cover. But it can be done. Among other topics, panelists during this hourlong webinar hosted by The Journalist’s Resource and Econofact discussed:

  • Winners and losers of international trade.
  • How to localize stories about global trade.
  • Key things to know about publicly available trade data.
  • How tariffs affect prices and jobs.


Katheryn Russ has expertise in open-economy macroeconomics and international trade policy. She is a faculty research associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research International Trade and Investment Group and Co-Organizer of the International Trade and Macroeconomics Working Group. She is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and served as Senior Economist for International Trade and Finance for the White House Council of Economic Advisors 2015-16.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press National Writer Martha Mendoza is a journalist who provides breaking news, features and investigative reporting from around the world. Mendoza has worked with AP colleagues focusing on immigration since 2018, human trafficking in Asia starting in 2015, cybersecurity in 2014 and Latin America from 2010 to 2013. Mendoza was a 2001 Knight Fellow at Stanford University and a 2007 Ferris Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. She also co-teaches in the graduate University of California, Santa Cruz Science Communications Program.

Michael Klein is the William L. Clayton Professor of International Economic Affairs at The Fletcher School at Tufts University and is the executive editor of Econofact. He served as the Chief Economist in the Office of International Affairs of the United States Department of the Treasury from 2010-2011. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the IMF, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, and the Federal Reserve Banks of New York, Boston, Dallas, and San Francisco.


Clark Merrefield is the senior editor for economics and legal systems at The Journalist’s Resource.