Canadian radio journalist launches program to feature local immigrants

 By Jennifer Neutel Canadian radio journalist Leah Shaw is launching a new program that will feature the individual stories of immigrants living in her hometown of Salmon Arm, British Columbia. The goal is to provide a more multifaceted perspective of the community of 17,000 and help people better understand the “richness of individuals” who live … Continue reading Canadian radio journalist launches program to feature local immigrants

Editorial ‘listening tours’ engage community in creating change

By Jennifer Neutel ‘I don’t know if we can ever declare victory, but the train has left the station’ When the editorial board at the Democrat and Chronicle embarked on hosting “listening tours” — encouraging readers to attend various meetings and discuss community issues related to race and poverty — initially only a handful of … Continue reading Editorial ‘listening tours’ engage community in creating change

Global Media Forum workshop a unique community-building exercise

By Jennifer Neutel ‘Everyone in the workshop was simultaneously a student and a teacher’ A workshop on news organizations as participants in community-building modelled its own message at the Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany June 30, by facilitating small group discussions that created deep connections amongst participants. Each of the five facilitators in the … Continue reading Global Media Forum workshop a unique community-building exercise

Community journalism program helps fulfill childhood wish

By Jennifer Neutel Correspondent experience permits Debora Gordon to pursue interests The opportunity to be an Oakland Voices correspondent allowed Debora Gordon to fulfill part of her childhood wish. “If I had to do it over again I would have more vigorously pursued a career in writing,” Gordon says. “(Oakland Voices) did make me feel … Continue reading Community journalism program helps fulfill childhood wish

Newspaper and coalition bringing information, energy to racial equity

By Jennifer Neutel ‘We are having the kinds of conversations that we dreamed of having’ When Kate Bennett was on the golf course last week, a woman asked what she can do to help Rochester’s effort to create awareness and positive dialogue around racial inequity. “Not a day goes by when I’m not talking about … Continue reading Newspaper and coalition bringing information, energy to racial equity

Oakland Voices grad applies learning to her health sector job

By Jennifer Neutel Skills gained via program ‘invaluable’: Katherine Brown Katherine Brown says her Oakland Voices experience enabled a shift in her thinking around finding opportunities for positive relationships with the media in her public health sector work. Oakland Voices is a nine-month program that trains community members to produce news content for local news … Continue reading Oakland Voices grad applies learning to her health sector job

Unite Rochester seeks to effect positive change

By Jennifer Neutel News organization engaging residents, raising awareness of racial inequities A “Listening Tour” on racial inequity hosted by the Democrat and Chronicle’s editorial board has engaged more than 150 community members and political leaders, and is beginning to lead to direct changes in the community. In one instance, a town supervisor said he … Continue reading Unite Rochester seeks to effect positive change

Oakland Voices empowers citizen journalism

By Jennifer Neutel Project a win-win for news organization and participants, says co-founder Community members are being trained to produce news for local news organizations through a program sparked by the desire to see the Oakland Tribune do a better job connecting with the community beyond the pages of the paper. The program, Oakland Voices, … Continue reading Oakland Voices empowers citizen journalism

Why are news organizations exploring community engagement?

By Jennifer Neutel ‘Community engagement is critical to today’s reporting’ While news organizations are rooted in the communities they cover, some are seeing a need to go beyond traditional reporting and intentionally engage and connect with citizens on a new level. An American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and Journalism That Matters project is exploring … Continue reading Why are news organizations exploring community engagement?