A Guide to Community-Based News Engagement

The future of local journalism and the future of our communities are intertwined

Although it's from 2016, this Freepress guide has tons of best practices for involving communities in reporting and events as well as pitfalls to avoid. Bookmark it, return to it.

Key quote? “Journalism is better when it engages communities through meaningful and thoughtful conversations. Practices vary from newsroom to newsroom. But at its heart, engagement is about interacting with an audience to further a newsroom’s mission. ”

Key takeaway? There's a whole section dedicated to helping reporters to adopt an organising mindset to engage communities including start by listening, acknowledge the whole person and embrace the community.

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