October 20, 2017
Local Fix: But You Don’t Have to Take my Word For it
One Good Idea: Librarians Are Your Friends
“What if you had a partner who cared as much as you do about getting the facts right, meeting community information needs, and helping people think critically about the news? You might find that partner just around the corner—at your local library.” Laurie Putnam outlines how journalists and librarians can pair up, and why they should, this week over on the Local News Lab.
Collaboration, Community Engagement, and Climate Change
We tend to think about climate change as an enormous global issue, one that is profoundly complex and hard to explain or make relevant to people. However, this week both the Columbia Journalism Review and Poynter highlighted the unique efforts of local newsrooms who are doing deep reporting on climate in their communities. Through community engagement, collaboration and data, newsrooms are localizing their reporting so that it is as much about big issues as it is about people’s back yards. In this same vein, we also love iSeeChange, a project that combines science, backyard observation, NASA data, and local journalism. With storms and fires on everyone’s minds, how are you thinking about longer-term efforts to cover climate?
- Four newsrooms, 350 volunteers ready to engage Virginians on sea’s rise – Poynter
- Broadcast meteorologists can play a big role in educating the public about climate change – Rural Blog
- Lessons for covering climate change from across America – Columbia Journalism Review
- How to Have a Conversation About Climate Change – Next City
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- How the Early Social Media Editors Embraced Collaboration in New York City– MediaShift
- South Florida PBS uses cute turtles and new knowledge to boost social media presence – PBS Digital
- Nashville Publisher’s Goal From Facebook Journalism Project: More Revenue– Street Fight
- When should newsrooms not use Facebook for audience engagement? When they actually want to make money. – Jenn Brandel
Sustainability on Aisle 5
- Journalists need to learn how to ask for money: Lessons from Berkeleyside’s DPO – Local News Lab
- How Charlotte Agenda reinvented advertising, got to $1 million – LION Publishers
- What makes people willing to pay for news online? Quality content; a clean, convenient reading experience – NiemanLab
- Small town Michigan newspaper said goodbye, then the readers stepped in. – Bridge Magazine
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