Learn and discuss how news organizations are creating new types of print and digital guides to help their communities resolve or understand information gaps on local institutions or governance. From understanding utility bills to how housing and health services are offered, more local news organizations are prioritizing helping their communities navigate interactions with public systems. In addition to directly helping struggling community members, organizations are learning how these service journalism efforts can inform important accountability journalism, and even lead to new funding and revenue opportunities.
We’ll hear from four organizations that participated in American Press Institute’s Local News Ideas to Action Fund (2021) or Trusted Elections Network Fund (2020):
- Glenn Burkins, QCity Metro, whose project focused on essential voting logistics in 2020 accompanied by short videos with older Black Americans discussing the importance of voting
- Cecily Weisburgh, Keene Sentinel, whose project developed a website with resources for local residents facing housing insecurity
- Fernando Soto, Nuestro Estado, whose project helped residents find and understand resources for issues such as local health and hurricane preparedness
- Ben Trefny, KALW, whose project distributed voting information in precincts with low voter turnout in collaboration with community partners
We’ll then invite your questions to kick-start conversation about guiding communities to practical information in 2022 elections as well as other local contexts.
- We will record the session so others may learn from it later.
- Please use the ‘Questions & Comments’ section to share questions you want to talk about with the group.
About Trusted Elections Network Fund microgrants (2020):
About Local News Ideas to Action Fund microgrants (2021):