Journalists tend to ask questions that others might not. We also have a professional (and ethical) obligation to investigate both sides of any story. So you can imagine my frustration as a first-time mom when I set out to prepare for my baby in the same way I would an investigation.
In a world of pay-for-play mommy blogs and un-vetted parenting message boards, I discovered a vacuum of unbiased, independent, multi-sourced content on topics related to parenting.
I quickly realized that many online reviews and blogs were written by “influencers” or “brand ambassadors.” The authors were getting paid by the companies they covered.
As a result, my research on everything from car seats to birth plans to cord blood storage expanded to include personally interviewing manufactures, searching public records and consulting third-party experts to ensure that I had as much impartial information as possible.
As a Consumer-Investigative Reporter, my beat includes technology, health, safety, scams, warnings, travel, pocketbook issues and much more. Becoming a mother changed the way I approach every one of those topics.
Suddenly, my professional research & resources had a more direct impact on my personal life, and many of my fellow #NewsMoms and Dads described a similar transition.
#NewsMom: A mom who works in news and uses the skills and resources she’s developed as a journalist to research, prepare for and aid in her parenting.
As #NewsMoms (& Dads), we often instinctively share our research with other parents in our daily lives, but we rarely get to publish or broadcast all that we’ve learned.
Similarly, the relevant parenting information that does make it into our reports is generally only accessible to those who happen to catch our broadcasts or weed though all the other news on our station websites.
Parenting News, Reviews & Research By “Real Reporters” Who Are Moms & Dads
#NewsMom is a resource for parents to access trustworthy news and information that is relevant to them.
It is also an outlet for journalists to share their relevant research and reports with a wider audience of parents that they wouldn’t otherwise reach.
NewsMom news is a compilation of investigations and headlines that are relevant to parents.
“Reporters’ Notebook” stories are often contributed by the reporters themselves and include additional commentary, anecdotes or useful information that was left out of the original reports.
Under “Interesting Headlines” we share a variety of other relevant news and information that we’re reading, talking about or reporting on.
NewsMom Features include a combination of original editorials, blogs and reviews that are intended to help parents better investigate various topics and products on their own.
NewsMom Editorials are in-depth original reports that may include opinions and personal anecdotes in addition to investigative research. Contributors often share how their professional research and reporting has impacted their parenting.
NewsMom Blogs & Reviews (aka The Lighter Side) include personal anecdotes about real-life experiences with popular products, apps and services. They are not endorsements (paid or otherwise) and they are never “sponsored.” These features may also include parenting tips, tricks, mom hacks and fun ideas.
As moms and dads, we have an intimate knowledge of the issues facing parents.
As journalists, we have an ethical obligation to remain independent and transparent. Our day jobs require that we avoid conflicts of interest and preclude us from accepting money for coverage.
#NewsMoms & Dads are not “influencers” or “brand ambassadors.” We are journalists, sharing our investigative stories, instincts and research skills with other parents.
PLEASE NOTE: What’s right for each #NewsMom contributor may not be right for your family.
This content is not meant to offer “advice” on any aspect of parenting. It is simply meant to provide information and resources so that each parent can make better-educated decisions for his or her family.
Reviews are not endorsements (paid or otherwise)—they are simply anecdotes about real-life experiences.
NewsMom contributors are asked to disclose any personal connection they may have to any product or company they reference.
The views and opinions of #NewsMom contributors are not necessarily those of the news organizations that they work for or of NewsMom.com.