Public, Educational, and Governmental Access Media: Providing Contactless Community in a Pandemic

Public access cable channels have rarely been considered essential. Often lampooned or ignored, these channels suddenly offered informational lifelines to more than 3,000 US communities desperate for local news. Their crisis performance underscores the potential for hyperlocal media, as well as the need for regulatory structures that bolster open society.

Using Conversation to Build Collaboration Between Newsrooms and Communities

The Jefferson Center launched Your Voice Ohio in 2017, the second phase of an ongoing collaborative effort to help Ohio newsrooms better understand and respond to the needs of their communities. We’re looking at a variety of methods of engagement — both in-person and online — to find the most effective and sustainable approaches for local newsrooms. Here’s what we’ve learned so far (as of 2018).

What Are Journalists For?

This book is an account of the movement for public journalism, or civic journalism, told by Jay Rosen, one of its leading developers and defenders. Rosen recalls the events that led to the movement’s founding and gives a range of examples of how public journalism is practiced in American newsrooms. He traces the intellectual roots of the movement and shows how journalism can be made vital again by rethinking exactly what journalists are for.