While Douglas-Gabriel recommends journalists interview researchers and academics when reporting on student debt and loan forgiveness, she says it’s important to reach out to other types of experts to get a fuller understanding of the issue.
“There are a wealth of people paying attention to this space who don’t get much attention for it,” she says.
She suggests interviewing:
- Consumer attorneys whose clients are borrowers struggling to pay their college debt.
- Borrower advocates and advocacy groups such as The Institute of Student Loan Advisors.
- Former legislators and government leaders who years ago helped design or set up student loan forgiveness policies.