British Columbia-based Discourse Media sent reporter Trevor Jang on a listening road trip to Northern BC to report on the contentious Pacific Northwest liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline project. He facilitated online discussions through a Facebook group, as well as in-person meetings, in an attempt to prompt dialogue and better understand a complicated issue.
A lot of us do most of our engagement work online. Is there room within digital spaces for building empathy and hosting meaningful interactions? Join the discussion with Eve Pearlman of Spaceship Media, Jeremy Hay of Spaceship Media, Halle Stockton of Public Source, and Nancy White of Full Circle.
We chat with Meredith Turk of Colorado Public Radio, Ross Reynolds of KUOW, and Andrew DeVigal of Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon about face-to-face engagement and how it can help bridge divides.
In a world of “alternative facts” and “post-truth” politics, producing public-interest journalism is more important than ever—but also more complex. This book examines how journalism is evolving to meet the demands of the digital media ecosystem, where lies often spread faster than truth, and where modern news consumers increasingly expect journalism to be a conversation, not a lecture.
After the 2016 election, Colorado Public Radio (CPR) reporters wanted to know how they could help bridge conversation across party lines in an increasingly polarized political climate. So in May, CPR brought together a politically and ethnically diverse group of listeners to share a meal and engage in conversation. The dinner series, now dubbed Breaking Bread.
Following a surge of populist movements in Europe, the need to engage with the public felt acute. German news organization ZEIT Online wondered, “Could someone develop a dating platform for political debates?” To find out, ZEIT Online launched a project called Germany Talks.
We chatted about how news consumers decide what news to trust and got some great feedback on some strategies Joy Mayer is developing. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Joy Mayer’s Trusting News project is asking news consumers how they decide what news to trust and using that info to build strategies for newsrooms to demonstrate their own credibility
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)
We know trust in journalism is low. So what are we doing about that (beyond hoping it changes)? Learn how to use social platforms to tell the story of your journalism and why it’s credible. Don’t just share links to published stories. Build relationships with your users by sharing your process, introducing your staff and telling the story of your brand. Persuade people that you’re worth following. Invite them to connect with you. Give them a sense of who you are and invite them to make an emotional connection.
Wave after wave of digital innovation has introduced a new set of influences on the public’s news habits. A two-part survey by Pew Research Center, conducted in early 2016 in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, reveals a public that is cautious as it moves into this more complex news environment and discerning in its evaluation of available news sources.
Now more than ever, journalists can engage their audiences as contributors, advisors, advocates, collaborators and partners. This study describes in detail how newsrooms and independent journalists can grow their readership, boost their relevance and find new sources of revenue by listening to and learning from their audiences.