Educate, Empathize, Engage: Twelve Ways for Editors to Reach and Relate to Untapped Communities

By Francesca Lupia Connecting people with stories is a journalist’s job – and it’s almost never as easy as it sounds. Identifying reliable sources and reaching broad audiences are challenging tasks, especially when covering “untapped” communities that have little experience in the media spotlight. Interacting with such populations requires time, skill, and, in some cases, … Continue reading Educate, Empathize, Engage: Twelve Ways for Editors to Reach and Relate to Untapped Communities

Feedback from the “Flip” Side: The Impact and Reception of Community-Centered Journalism

By Francesca Lupia To a seasoned editor, the technique may seem timeless: sending reporters into local communities, probing leaders and laypeople alike to discover truth. But in the age of “journalistic Twitter” and widespread populist protest, “flipped” storytelling is causing a stir in newsrooms nationwide. The name itself connotes a shakeup, a shift away from … Continue reading Feedback from the “Flip” Side: The Impact and Reception of Community-Centered Journalism

“Flip it!”: Diversity, Community, and a New American Journalism

By Francesca Lupia Stanford University From the streets of Ferguson, Missouri to the US-Mexico border, the unrest over the last year  has done more than make headlines. New emphasis on underrepresented populations has flipped the face and focus of American news. Journalistic practice must follow suit, said Alfredo Carbajal at Saturday’s APME/ASNE panel discussion, “Flip it! … Continue reading “Flip it!”: Diversity, Community, and a New American Journalism

Editors embrace storytelling through community-centered lens

By Natalie Hamilton ASNE conference session explores engaging untapped audiences  Arresting teenagers set to leave the United States to fight with terrorists in Syria and Iraq, the FBI paints a picture of hardened criminals. The youth from Minneapolis, Minnesota, are plotting to join the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), authorities say. Reporters … Continue reading Editors embrace storytelling through community-centered lens

Writing stories that engage

By Peggy Holman What do most journalists want as much or more than thousands of clicks to their stories? Having a positive impact in their community. Eight journalists from four newspapers that have been connecting with the diversity of their communities in meaningful ways came together at the Kettering Foundation on May 18 and 19. … Continue reading Writing stories that engage

Capital Public Radio on Community Engagement

By jesikah maria ross As a newbie to the public radio journalism space, I’m seeing a lot of blog posts on “community engagement”.  There seems to be a growing interest in doing journalism with and not just about communities, matched by a curiosity on how different newsrooms are doing it.  Here are some tips based … Continue reading Capital Public Radio on Community Engagement

What do journalists mean by engagement?

By Peggy Holman I was recently asked to write something about what Journalism That Matters has learned about engagement so that news organizations considering it can do so in a more informed way. A continuum immediately formed in my mind that led to creating a table of different ways that engagement has been used by news organizations. … Continue reading What do journalists mean by engagement?

The making of a story– Newtown 100: A legacy of struggle and triumph

by Scott Carroll, Projects Editor Herald-Tribune Media Group Sarasota, Florida April 17, 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of Newtown, an African-American community of about 2,000 homes in north Sarasota. Since it was among a dwindling number of such communities in Florida and one likely containing a rich history, we decided to write a series of … Continue reading The making of a story– Newtown 100: A legacy of struggle and triumph

Engaging Communities Changes How Journalists Work

By Peggy Holman In 2013, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (D&C) Editorial Board embarked on a listening tour to understand race relations in their community, creating Unite Rochester. Among many outcomes, it prepared them to get involved when the conversation turned ugly following the Ferguson grand jury decision. Unite Rochester’s recently formed Community Crisis Response … Continue reading Engaging Communities Changes How Journalists Work