“Information Stories” site documents challenges created by lack of local news

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Information Stories is a website that asks and answers the questions: What’s at stake when local news and information flow doesn’t serve all members of a community equally well? And how can people respond? The series of short digital narratives was conceived by Ohio State University law professor Peter M. Shane and filmmaker Liv Gjestvang. The two recruited storytellers from around the United States, who shared their personal experiences in a July 2010 Digital Storytelling Workshop. Information Stories “reveals the loss when local information flows leave stories uncovered, concerns unaddressed, or voices left out — and the gain when these exclusions don’t happen,” according to a release on the project by the Knight Foundation. The foundation provided a grant for the work as part of its Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.