Local that Works spotlights innovative and replicable content, engagement and revenue initiatives at public radio and TV stations and nonprofit and digital news organizations in the U.S. LTW includes an annual contest and a database (below). LTW produces webinars that offer insights into projects and organizations that are reshaping local civic journalism.
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A joint partnership between the local paper, NPR, the public library and Milwaukee PBS focused on listening and engaging an impoverished neighborhood that has been traditionally ignored by media.
Our region is hungry for new narratives and contacts – KCAW responded by adapting regional storytelling. Our Grandparents’ Teachings and Sitka Tells Tales connects listeners to authentic local culture.
Conecta Arizona is a multi-platform news-you-can-use service that serves Spanish speakers in Arizona with accurate and timely information about Covid-19 and a wide range of related topics.
Louisiana Considered is a live regional daily news show, produced by staff of two stations in neighboring markets, WWNO New Orleans and WRKF Baton Rouge, which share a newsroom and simulcast the show.
PANDEM!C: Stories of COVID-19, a graphic novel created by the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative and BOOM Charlotte, offers a unique perspective on the impact of COVID-19 on Charlotte communities.
We used virtual instruction to reach more young journalists and empower them to report on their communities in NC. The result was a more robust and diverse YRI that benefited WUNC and its audience.
Equally Informed Philly is an initiative that bridges Philadelphia’s digital divide through Q&A English and Spanish text line, a community-powered print newsletter and community
HEAR ARIZONA podcasts tell stories dedicated to addressing the important issues in our community and empowering listeners to find answers for their own lives.
A collaborative podcast from nonprofit newsrooms in Montana examines our current political moment through stories about the complex people and beliefs that shape our state.
Milwaukee PBS partnered with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper, WUWM Milwaukee’s NPR, and the Milwaukee Public Library to listen to and engage with, then ultimately share, the stories of a historically underserved African-American neighborhood in Milwaukee. The hyper-focus of this initiative serves to highlight stories and struggles that deserve attention and discussion. With three distinct media partners, we are able to reach more people and share these throughout our community.
The initial event is an online Zoom discussion based on a specific topic or issue moderated by a panel of experts, community leaders, and community partners. The idea, and the goal, is designed to hear, truly hear, from the members of this community and cultivate a discussion that can help lead to action around the topic.
All of the partners use their particular medium to promote and broadcast the event. Milwaukee PBS then takes this Zoom discussion and turns it into a 30-minute tv show broadcast each month.
Initially these were to be live, in-person events, but the pandemic forced us to embrace the virtual experience. This is an initiative we will continue throughout the year and into next. We will also be exploring ways to develop similar initiatives to engage more voices and other diverse communities to amplify their stories.
For Milwaukee PBS, Listen MKE has certainly helped us reach and engage with a part of our community that we have missed in the past. We have had excellent response from the community both from the broadcast and the digital spaces (web/social media) as they have seen and heard these stories. While the numbers have not been overwhelming, the engagement and interaction with our audience has been deeper and more meaningful.
This first year has been about setting a baseline for the project, and now going forward we will establish metrics to help analyze and help with decision-making. This will be especially helpful as we look to expand the project to more diverse communities in Milwaukee.
Our partners have also been quite pleased with how this has helped their engagement on their various platforms, as well.