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).
Topic: Solutions Journalism
How The Dallas Morning News Builds Subscriber Loyalty With a Facebook Group
The Dallas Morning News has created a Facebook Group for its subscribers. It’s a way to grow loyalty among those who pay for its journalism and give them more direct access to the paper’s journalists and editors. Members of the group also get exclusive benefits such as tickets to events and other perks … In this issue, we’re looking at how the Morning News built its subscriber group and how the newsroom and marketing departments collaborate to run it.
What ‘Engagement Reporting’ Is and Why It Matters
What if readers, not just sources, were an active part of the news reporting process? A new group of journalists is exploring that possibility in an effort to deepen their reporting and build community relationships. ‘Engagement reporters’ are journalists who combine the power of community engagement with traditional news reporting to do journalism that aims to authentically serve the community and reflect their interests and needs. They’re not audience engagement editors and they’re not news reporters — they live in both worlds.
Solutions Set is an ongoing archive of reports on engaged journalism tools and practices produced and compiled by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism and The Solutions Journalism Network.
Conexión Migrante is a “service news” media startup that “publishes stories based on specific inquiries sent by migrants in the U.S. or their families in Mexico, via Facebook or the organization’s hotline.” (Quoted from The Christian Science Monitor, 5/28/19 – https://bit.ly/309QvTV)
Solutions Story Tracker
The Solutions Story Tracker from the Solutions Journalism Network is a curated, searchable database of rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. It’s designed to help identify emerging ideas, approaches and patterns in social change around the world. Here are 10 Reasons Why Journalists Submit to the Solutions Story Tracker.
Engaging Communities Through Solutions Journalism
This report explores the potential impacts of local solutions journalism, particularly for underrepresented and stigmatized communities. Solutions journalism explores responses to systemic social problems—critically examining problem-solving efforts that have the potential to scale.