When she began covering Ferguson, Mariah Stewart didn’t own a gas mask. She remembers looking with confusion at protesters who carried bandanas to ward off tear gas.
“I was like, ‘why are they doing that?’” Stewart said. “There’s already been a tear gas incident.”
A lot has happened since then.
After freelancing for Beacon Reader, Stewart was selected in August to be the Huffington Post’s first Ferguson fellow, working in tandem with reporter Ryan Reilly to report the ongoing story of what has happened since Michael Brown’s shooting.
Since she started for The Huffington Post, Stewart has had to learn a few things: she’s found new tools to do her job, gotten better at dealing with reader criticism and gained experience navigating the delicate relationship with her sources.
One recent lesson came after Stewart quoted a statement from St. Louis County Police saying that protesters “blocked the passage of an ambulance on an emergency run.” Readers responded with tweets showing video that contradicted the police report and asked her to change the story:
Several of the people who tweeted at her about the error apologized to her in direct messages after she acknowledged the inaccuracy and fixed the story. Read more