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.
Topic: Niche & Hyperlocal Media
How The Trace Created a Resource Hub for Philadelphians Affected by Gun Violence
Up the Block aims to gather resources on gun violence on a single website for Philadelphians to use and connect people with information on recovering from shootings, keeping young people safe, and holding local leaders accountable.
How the Idaho News Organizations Collaborated to Engage Latino Students and their Families
The Latino Listening Project aims to fill potential gaps in education coverage and examine education inequities in the state’s school system based on Latino students’ unique experiences and their families.
How Block Club Chicago Reporters are Effectively Answering Reader’s COVID-19 Questions
The reporters at Block Club Chicago spent endless weeks covering COVID-19 stories and answering an influx of questions sent to the newsroom by worried readers, many of which had already been covered in their previous news stories.
How Planet Detroit Keeps Readers Informed About Local Environmental Issues
In hopes of giving people a space to pose questions about local environmental issues, the team launched Ask Planet Detroit. They wanted to bridge the gap between the segregated cities and suburbs of Detroit under the common goal of understanding environmental issues.
How Documented uses WhatsApp to Help Undocumented Latinos Navigate Through COVID-19
Documented engages with its sources through a mobile app called WhatsApp. Users are able ask questions and raise concerns and can get professional answers quickly.
How TMP’s NewsInside Reached the Incarcerated Community
The Marshall Project’s NewsInside, a print publication distributed in prisons and jails, is a collection of TMP’s journalism that relates directly to incarcerated lives.
Workshops by Important Stories
Important Stories (iStories) share their knowledge, techniques, skills, code and the apps we use for stories. For Russian-speaking journalists.
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.
What Does “Local” Mean?
How do local communities define themselves? How do news outlets define their audiences? And how do journalists know what’s important to their audiences and what niche they can fill? A recent report is a useful jumping off point for discussion of those questions. Join Amy Schmitz Weiss of San Diego State University, Jesse Hardman of the Listening Post Collective, and Madeleine Bair of El Timpano to continue the conversation.
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.
The Off/Page Project, a collaboration between the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and Youth Speaks, combines investigative reporting and youth poetry. Journalists from CIR share details of their investigations with youth storytellers and collaborate to write poetry that is both profound performance art and factually accurate reporting. The resulting poetry is then performed publicly, either in-person or through multimedia packages. Learn more about this project from Mashable and Youth Radio.