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.
Topic: Tools and Technology
How La Nación Got Argentines Stranded Abroad Back Home During the Pandemic
La Nacion launched Stranded Abroad collecting information and sharing stories from those trapped in foreign countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 the UO Combined Public Forum and Interactive Technology to Deepen Engagement
Don’t Wait for the Quake was a community event hosted by the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication and Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB). The event featured a panel of earthquake and emergency preparedness experts as well as informational videos produced by SOJC students.
How Twitter Bots Have Exposed Frequent “Dark Money” Campaign Expenditures
The Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting (AZCIR) developed what is now known as the “AZ Dark Money Bot,” or @AZDarkMoneyBot, a Twitter bot that enables the automation of “dark money” expenditure reporting. The Bot’s tweets include names of the groups, candidates receiving dark money, and campaign spending.
How WBEZ Launched Curious City and Started the Curious Project
Jennifer Brandel wanted to know: what would happen if the public was brought in to the editorial process? As an independent producer and reporter at WBEZ in Chicago, the question had weighed on her, and in 2012 she founded Curious City through an initiative with the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR).
How Outlier Media Is Using GroundSource to Help Level the Playing Field for Tenants
Sarah Alvarez launched Outlier Media in 2017 to serve the needs of low-income news consumers in Detroit. Using SMS and Facebook messenger, Detroit residents can input any address in the city and receive free rental information about the home, including its most recent inspection data, any back taxes owed, and the name of the owner.
How City Bureau Recruited Volunteer Coders to Collaboratively Build Engagement Tools
In 2016, Chicago-based civic journalism lab City Bureau started its Documenters program, which pays and equips community members to document public meetings and civic events in the city. As the program grew, they teamed up with ProPublica Illinois and volunteer coders to “scrape” the web for public meeting listings and populate an events calendar usable by journalists and citizens alike.