Wichita Journalism Collaborative

The Wichita Journalism Collaborative is an alliance of seven media organizations and three community groups, formed to support and enhance quality local journalism during the global pandemic and beyond.

In addition to KMUW, media partners include The Active Age, The Community Voice, The Journal (Kansas Leadership Center), KSN-TV, The Sunflower and The Wichita Eagle. Community partners committed to participating in the initiative include AB&C Bilingual Resources, The Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University and Wichita Public Library.

The initiative launches with support from the Wichita Community Foundation and the Solutions Journalism Network.

Ways to Connect

Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started eight months ago, local restaurant owners have been overwhelmed.

In March, they had to shut down their restaurants, figure out how to launch carryout only models, and try to navigate unemployment and loans and grants that could help them and their employees stay afloat.

Hunter Health

When a patient walks into Hunter Health Clinic in Wichita for an appointment, staff might ask them a variety of questions about their living situation: how much food someone has at home, if they’ve recently lost a job or if anyone in their household is struggling with addiction or their mental health.

The screening process is meant to determine someone’s social determinants of health, or conditions in their environment that could have an impact on their health. Lately, the clinic has seen an increase in people seeking care who’ve lost their health insurance after a layoff.

Courtesy Wesley Medical Center

After nearly 100 days in the Intensive Care Unit at Wesley Medical Center, a COVID-19 patient is finally home.

Antonio Santiago entered Wesley back in August. He says there were moments in the hospital where he wasn’t so hopeful.

"I thought I was going to die."

Ninety-eight days later, nurses and hospital staff lined up to send Santiago off.

While being escorted out of the hospital, he had a smile so big not even a mask could hide it.

"I’m so happy to be back in my home again," he said. "God allowed me to be back here with my family and friends."

At-Risk Star Students Overcome COVID-19 Learning Restrictions In Wichita Program

Oct 26, 2020
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Even for the best and brightest students, remote learning in the midst of a pandemic can prove challenging.

Regardless of their past record, even high-performing students can find themselves struggling to stay focused, missing out on socialization and potentially veering off track.

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A rare condition in children that doctors say stems from COVID-19 is now showing up in Wichita as doctors diagnosed a 12-year-old girl with a multisystem inflammatory syndrome, also known as MIS-C.

According to the CDC, only a little more than 1,000 children have been diagnosed with the condition in the United States. Less than 10 of those cases have been in Kansas.

"I was beginning to think, 'Oh my god, oh my god, I’m going to lose my daughter,'" Jessica Rains said, referring to her daughter, Adalyn.

Last week, doctors told Rains that her daughter has MIS-C.

Jon Huber / KMUW/File photo

The Walnut Valley Festival wrapped up its first-ever virtual event last weekend after it went online because of the pandemic.

Now, organizers are optimistically planning for next year’s event in Winfield, even as the future of large-scale events remains in question.

Courtesy Wichita Thunder

Since 1979, Roy Turner has been fixture on the Wichita sports scene, first with the Wichita Wings indoor soccer team and now with the Wichita Open golf tournament.

And for every one of those years, his job included attracting fans.

"I've been 40 years in this town, basically selling tickets," Turner said, his voice still sprinkled with an accent from his native Liverpool. "And now I've got a plan to keep tickets in my pocket and keep people away. It's just a brand new thing for me."

Thanks to the pandemic, it’s a whole new ball game for sporting events.

Stephan Bisaha / Kansas News Service

Zach Zimmer’s roommates at Benedictine College had grown accustomed to seeing him stressed.

But on the first Saturday in September, the college junior got them worried. He was running a temperature of 101.5.

“We knew immediately at that moment,” Zimmer said, “that this could be something more serious.”

Wichita State has prohibited professors from notifying their students if a classmate has tested positive for COVID-19 and may have unwittingly exposed fellow students.

Kansas News Service/File photo

Wichita’s mask requirement has been extended only until Oct. 21 — though it could end sooner than that.

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