There are many benefits of featuring real readers in your reporting, but it can be hard to know where to start. In this lightning chat, we talk about best practices for gathering stories from your audience, how to build trust, and why covering divisive political issues through personal narratives is a good idea.
Topic: Community Participation
Lessons in engagement for journalists from our civic neighbors
We in engaged journalism have much to learn from other communities of practice. Fiona Morgan, July’s Gather Guest Curator, produced and hosted this conversation with fellow members of our civic infrastructure.
How to share power within communities for deeper, non-extractive engagement
Learn how to build reciprocal relationships with communities so your newsroom can truly serve local needs. Alicia Bell and Mike Rispoli will take you through their methodology, using grassroots organizing techniques to develop community leadership and share power.
Making journalism with your community
Curated and led by June’s Gather Guest Curator, Simon Galperin brought together community media leaders from New Orleans, Atlanta, and Cleveland to share lessons in working with community members to produce journalism.
Forming community boards to deepen local news coverage
Long Beach Post’s Stephanie Rivera and The Oaklandside’s Cole Goins share lessons learned from their experiences enlisting community editorial and advisory boards to inform and deepen newsroom coverage.
Launching a community-powered news product – The Chicago Documenters Newswire
Watch the Chicago Documenters Team members India Daniels, Nalani Saito, Natalie Frazier and Max Resnik in conversation with host Becca Aaronson from the News Product Alliance about centering community in product development.
2021 OJA/Gather Award in Engaged Journalism – Micro/Small Newsrooms
The two finalists for the 2021 OJA/Gather Award in Engaged Journalism in the Micro/Small Newsrooms category, including El Tímpano and The Marshall Project, offer lessons learned from their community-engagement projects.
2021 OJA/Gather Award in Engaged Journalism – Overall Excellence
The three finalists for the 2021 OJA/Gather Award in Engaged Journalism in the Overall Excellence category, including The New York Times, Arizona Daily Star, Anchorage Daily News, and ProPublica, offer lessons learned from their community-engagement projects.
Network mapping: Steal this marketing strategy to design your engagement outreach
Learn how Bridget Thoreson of INN, Katherine Nagasawa and Jennifer Hack Wolf applied this simple exercise to their own reporting at WBEZ in Chicago and The Beacon in Kansas City after participating in a Hearken-led training through Election SOS in 2020.
Democratizing Journalism: News of, by and for the community
City Bureau, a digital startup on the South Side of Chicago, has been attracting attention and funding for bringing “journalists and communities together in a collaborative spirit to produce media that is impactful, equitable and responsive to the public.” Co-founder Darryl Holliday explains City Bureau’s innovative model for participatory reporting and accountability journalism.
[ONA20] From Participation to Collaboration: Building Power with Communities
How do we amplify the power that communities hold through journalism collaboration? This important conversation discusses how to strategize and re-imagine the relationships journalists build with the public we serve.
The Citizens’ Agenda for Election Coverage
What if you based your election coverage on what your community has told you they actually want candidates to be talking about as they compete for votes? Join our hosts, Brittany Schock from Richland Source, Bridget Thoreson from Hearken, and Joy Mayer from Trusting News as they talk about what that process actually looks like and what they hope it achieves. Read more about The Citizens Agenda.