Started in 2018 as a response to the growing polarization in the U.S., Civility Tennessee is a campaign “that seeks to model, promote and encourage civil discourse on issues of the day.”
Topic: Facebook Groups
How Ideastream Built Trust with the Woodhill Homes Community and Brought Awareness to a Larger Audience
To increase awareness and understanding of Woodhill, create feelings of empowerment and “voice” among its residents, and create social connections between them, Ideastream Public Media launched Inside the Bricks: Woodhill Homes.
How Reckon Women Created a Space for Southern Women to Have Nuanced Dialogue and Make Change
Reckon Women promotes dialogue around women’s issues in the South by sharing news articles and asking open-ended questions to invite discussion.
2020 OJA Finalists: Reckon Women and Southern California Public Radio
Learn about Southern California Public Radio’s engaged journalism work and Alabama Media Group’s project “Reckon Women: Motherhood.” Both are finalists for the 2020 OJA Gather Award in the Overall Excellence category.
Strategies for Facebook Groups
As a news organization, when should you consider creating a Facebook group, and what could the focus of the group be? Once you have one, how do you recruit and admit members? How (and how much) should you moderate conversation? And how will you measure the success of your efforts? Join Lauren Katz of Vox, Penny Riordan of GateHouse Media, and Hannah Wise of Dallas Morning News to find out.
How “Ask A…” Used Q&A Sessions to Bring Conversations Back in Style
In 2016, after Donald Trump proposed a ban that would prevent Muslims from entering the U.S., KUOW radio station Executive Producer of Community Engagement, Ross Reynolds, wondered how he could provide people with the opportunity to learn about communities they may know nothing about. The answer he reached was the “Ask A…” project, a series of in-person events.
How City of Disparity Addressed the Problems Affecting the People of Peoria
In 2015 the business website 24/7 Wall St. released a report that ranked Peoria, Illinois, as one of the 10 worst cities to live in for African Americans in the United States. Following the report, the Journal Star newsroom of Peoria launched City of Disparity, a year-long reporting project that examined the city’s disparities.
How Feeding the Future Used Engagement Journalism to Tackle Climate Change and Agriculture
In order to take a different route in covering climate change and agriculture, MPR News, the news service of Minnesota Public Radio, launched Feeding the Future, an engagement journalism project set on informing its audience members and identifying solutions to a rapidly changing climate.
Information as Aid: Serving Post-Hurricane Info Needs
Justin Auciello collaborated with Internews to produce an information ecosystem assessment for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. This paved the way for Information as Aid, a Facebook group dedicated to disseminating crucial news, aid requests, and lost/found people reports. Learn more about the Recovery in post-Maria Puerto Rico. (Collaboration: Internews/NetHope/Auciello).
One River, Many Stories
In 2016, the University of Minnesota Duluth launched One River, Many Stories, a collaborative storytelling project focused on the St. Louis River region. The project collected stories from a variety of sources and topics ranged greatly, from Native American heritage to land rights and water usage. The project collected 47 different stories from 20 different contributors from around the region. Stories collected by the project were published and marked on an interactive map of the region, as well as being shared and promoted across social media. Read more in their final report (PDF).
The summary below was provided by Ode founder and Siouxland Public Media Arts Producer Ally Karsyn. Siouxland Public Media, the NPR affiliate in Sioux City, Iowa, produces Ode, a curated live storytelling series where community members tell true stories on stage to promote positive impact through empathy. The storytelling series offers a multi-platform output—on air, online and in person. Through these channels, Ode has strengthened existing community partnerships and established new ones—all while generating a new revenue stream and attracting a new, younger audience to engage with public radio.
How Alaska Public Media Uses Face-to-Face Public Conversations to Tackle Important Community Issues
Community in Unity, created by Alaska Public Media, invites residents of Alaska to sit down and participate in face-to-face discussions in order to tackle relevant community issues. Recorded for radio broadcast, the group conversations have included topics ranging from homelessness to race and identity with the hopes of getting people who wouldn’t normally meet together.