May 5, 2017
Local Fix: Collabor-ade and Questions
Welcome to the Local Fix. Each week we look at key debates in journalism sustainability and community engagement through the lens of local news. But first, we always begin with one good idea…
One Good Idea: Give Voice to the News
Poynter reports on how “NPR, the AP and local newspapers are beginning to experiment with Amazon Echo.” And Joe Amditis at the Center for Cooperative Media has created a guide for small teams and local newsrooms who want to experiment with audio storytelling on the Amazon Echo.
What are Audiences Looking for?
- Searching for News: The Flint Water Crisis – Pew Research Center
- Paying for News: Why people subscribe and what it says about the future of journalism – American Press Institute
- Your audience is wicked smart and will ask serious questions. Here are 50 examples as proof. – Hearken
- Life after death: making something brand new – The Outline
Drink the Collabor-ade
- Collaboration Through Video: Newest Americans
- Nonprofit/For-Profit Collaboration: Charlottesville Tomorrow
- Collaborating with Community: City Bureau’s Documenters
- Collaboration with Civic Impact: Your Voice Ohio
- Collaboration with Museums, Theatre, and More: One River, Many Stories
Profiles of Local News
- How a Wisconsin couple grew an idea from a basement office into an investigative institution – Poynter
- Mónica Guzmán on running a business, unlearning AP Style and why you have to read the comments – Poynter
- Watchdog reporting in East St. Louis highlights potential in under-covered areas – Columbia Journalism Review
- A letter from the editor: The Watershed Post slows down – Watershed Post
Two of the most common questions we hear about engaged journalism are: what is engaged journalism? And how (once you’ve figured out what it is) do you help the practice spread? To begin answering those questions, we released two papers this week that offer tons of examples and some hands-on advice for newsrooms.
Have a good weekend,
Josh and Teresa
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