August 18, 2017
Local Fix: How Can I Help, Tons of Tips, and Trust
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: How Can I Help?
The Cohort is an insightful newsletter from Katie Hawkins-Gaar “about women kicking ass in digital media” (Go ahead- subscribe. And check out this list of awesome women working in local news while you’re at it.)
This week, Hawkins-Gaar shared an installment from last year with advice for White journalists on how to support their colleagues of color. It’s worth a read.
Looking Back At Charlottesville Through the Lens of History
In a statement this week Democracy Fund CEO, Joe Goldman, wrote “Incidents of heinous racism and nativism have occurred throughout the history of America […] Recognizing the persistence of these movements within our country is integral to combatting them. For the vast majority of us repulsed by the bigotry that descended upon Charlottesville, we must continue the hard work of ending such hatred and the forces that normalize it. The Democracy Fund remains steadfast in our commitment to a resilient, diverse, democratic society that defends free speech but reviles racism and political violence.”
Below we link to Poynter’s look back at how journalists confronted white supremacy and the KKK in the 1920, two pieces on the Kerner Commission report from 1968 and a recent book that takes a long view of race and American media. What else would you add to the list?
- How courageous journalists of the last century stood up to the KKK – Poynter
- Kerner Commission on Media and Race in America – History Matters
- The Kerner Commission, and why its recommendations were ignored – Detroit Journalism Collaborative
- News For All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media – Columbia Journalism Review
Read All the Things
- Community Guides for Journalism: Instructions and ideas for better engagement, written by experts – Coral Project
- Hack Our User Research Materials – Membership Puzzle Project
- Local News Lab Guides on Newsletters, Events, Focus Groups and more – Local News Lab
- A Lab in A Box: Tools for People Tackling Complex Problems – Roller Strategies
- Create meaningful conversations with communities with help – Listening Post Collective
- Improving accountability reporting: How to make the best of journalism better for audiences – American Press Institute
- NPR Training: Storytelling tips and best practices – NPR
It’s a Matter of (Online) Trust
- The Fate of Online Trust in the Next Decade – Pew Research Center
- How Top Publishers Are Restoring Trust on Social – MediaShift
- ‘My’ media versus ‘the’ media: Trust in news depends on which news media you mean – American Press Institute
- When they trust media less, they’re willing to pay more – The Graph
- Who trusts — and pays for — the news? Here’s what 8,728 people told us – RJI
Have a good weekend,
Josh and Teresa
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