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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As tensions rose around the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, our journalists and production staff created a package to provide balanced information and a forum for community voices.
Injustice Watch created a nonpartisan judicial election guide to inform Cook County residents about the 75 people running for judge. To spread the word, we ran a #CheckYourJudges engagement campaign.
CapRadio’s multi-platform participatory journalism project “After the Assault” explores what survivors experience in the aftermath of sexual violence and during police investigations.
This step-by-step voting guide by the Detroit Documenters is unlike most others. Instead of telling people who to vote for and why, we’re here to help you find the resources to decide for yourself.
A collaborative podcast from nonprofit newsrooms across Montana. This series explores the complexities of political beliefs through stories from the real people that shape our state.
Black Arts Legacies is a new multimedia website highlighting the impact of Black artists in Seattle past and present. Season 1 celebrates 26 artists in written profiles, videos, a podcast and photos.
Local Live(s) showcases the human side of journalism through live storytelling. Our collaborative events build trust in local journalism and connect reporters to the communities they serve.
Bay Area News Collective: A Seven-Newsroom Collaboration to Assess the Geographic Representation of Local NewsBay City News Foundation
Bay Area News Collective is a collaboration to assess the geographic diversity and density of Bay Area news through analysis of geolocated news coverage and personal experiences in the community.
The Xylom invites emerging writers to contribute data-driven, first-person reporting on wildfires threatening the places they call home, how humans are making it worse, and equitable local solutions.
Santa Cruz Local investigates what’s being done to address homelessness in Santa Cruz County. We look at programs that have shown promise at addressing homelessness in other parts of California.
KVMR improved cross-platform emergency broadcast capabilities to engage, inform and educate listeners during wildfires and wants to help community radio stations provide similar services.
Conecta Arizona is a multi-platform news and information service – distributed through WhatApp, Facebook, Telegram, radio and podcast – that serves Spanish-speakers in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.
The Unleaded project explores how lead continues to poison people in the Midwest, often in unexpected ways. The series identifies solutions to mitigate the decades-long contamination of the region.
WHYY’s Pathways to Media Careers is an extension of WHYY’s Youth Media programs, connecting young people with paid, part-time, work experiences with media organizations where they amplify youth voice.
Utah’s historic Great Salt Lake is shrinking. The Great Salt Lake Collaborative’s solutions journalism and community engagement is bringing people to the lake and the lake’s plight to the people.
This is a docuseries conducted by The Atlanta Voice to explore, reveal and give voice to Atlanta’s homeless population.
Jacksonville is one of the largest cities in the U.S., yet its media landscape is shrinking. The Jacksonville Today newsletter helps fill the gap with a must-read guide to civic life.
The Dodging Standards series analyzed employment records for social service employees, finding that many county-run agencies in NC defy state law by hiring workers who don’t meet minimum requirements.
Detroit Public TV is giving a platform for stories from Southeast Michigan’s AAPI communities. By working directly with the community, we’re helping tell these stories with nuance and intentionality.
WBUR’s newsletter “Cooked: the search for sustainable eats” gives subscribers the know-how on what food choices make an impact in New England and empowers them to do something about climate change.
Kansas City PBS Reproductive Rights Initiative
Key Components of the Reproductive Rights Package
On-Air Coverage-The Flatland show is a collaborative effort between our production and journalism teams that offers a monthly program taking a deep dive into a single topic that is raising questions in our community. The July 21st episode begins with a documentary short featuring b-roll and, interviews with local experts. This short was followed by an in-studio session moderated by show host, D. Rashaan Gilmore. The program was distributed over the air, through the PBS video app, on YouTube and online at flatlandkc.org.
Show Link: https://video.kansascitypbs.org/video/reproductive-rights-1q7dy2/
curiousKC: The team put the call out for reproductive rights questions through social media, over broadcast and via an online form. Submissions from our community informed throughlines in our reporting on the topic of reproductive rights.
Efforts sourcing audience questions resulted in the following articles:
Twitter Space: Moderated by Flatland show host, D. Rashaan Gilmore, the discussion included senior reporter Mary Sanchez and a panel of local experts. It provided additional context to some of the overarching themes of the show and presented the listeners with a chance to weigh in, in real-time. Link to Recorded Twitter Space: https://twitter.com/i/spaces/1yoKMWWZOwwJQ
Engagement Event: Our team also planned an event in collaboration with community partner American Public Square, “A Community Conversation on Reproductive Rights” which was moderated by our senior reporter Mary Sanchez. The event (offered virtually and in-person) convened a panel of local experts to discuss the economic, legal and human implications of the decision. Event Link: https://americanpublicsquare.org/event/a-community-conversation-on-reproductive-rights/
Journalism: Throughout the course of the project we posted 14 articles to our website which were promoted through a variety of distribution avenues to reach a diversity of audiences. Posted content was written by our own journalists, supplied by regular contributors and shared by various KC Media Collective Partners, and focused on a wide range of angles on the topic.
Our team went behind the contentious debate and provided a platform for the voices of those affected. The Reproductive Rights package is a true representation of the thoughtful, nuanced, and educational approach that guides our everyday work. The multimedia approach to content truly found audiences where they are and offered a path to balance and in-depth coverage regardless of where people find their information. We’re continuing to cover new angles after most press (especially national) have stepped back, now that the August 2 vote is passed. Over the course of the project to date and spanning the various content components we garnered 38,351 impressions (page views, broadcast impressions, social media post impressions, etc…). In a post-event survey, nearly 80% of respondents indicated that they gained insight into the topic.
Comments: “I appreciated attending with the group. Very nice selection for the panel. There was spontaneous applause (against the rules, I know) when the doula talked about the effect of the abortion bans on BIPOC people.” “This program was great. Now watching both sides' ads on TV--both have inaccurate information. That should be called out.” "With so much polarizations around political or social issues it is great to see people with vastly different views speaking civilly to each other was refreshing and educational. Modeling behavior is one of the ways we learn, please keep it up!”