Local that Works Webinars

 

How to sustain local journalism is one of the great challenges of American media. What can public broadcasters, nonprofit, commercial and legacy news organizations learn from one another about deepening public service, engaging communities, and serving a diverse and growing audience?

The Local that Works monthly webinar series aims to break down the silos between these media sectors and provide insight into inspiring, replicable models of local civic journalism in the U.S. The series spotlights organizations, distinct projects and collaborations. Local that Works webinars are a partnership among Current, the Poynter Institute, the Public Media Journalists Association, Gather and the Local Media Association.

The host is journalist Mariana Dale, early childhood reporter at KPCC in Los Angeles. As a senior field correspondent at KJZZ in Phoenix, Mariana helped lead national Edward R. Murrow Award–winning coverage of the 2018 statewide teacher strike. She serves as a mentor for NPR’s Next Generation Radio project, which trains up-and-coming public media journalists.

Join us:

Tuesday, July 13, 2–3 p.m. ET — Keeping it Local. What happens when foundations, venture philanthropists and nonprofit news organizations join forces to prevent another local news desert? The National Trust for Local News recently engineered the purchase of a family-owned newspaper chain in suburban Denver, Colorado in order to sustain its irreplaceable local journalism. Is this business model a viable strategy to prevent vulture capital acquisitions of local media and sustain local journalism? Guests: Fraser Nelson and Marc Hand, co-founders of the National Trust for Local News.  Register. Read a companion case study about National Trust for Local News. 

Previous webinars

Democratizing Journalism: News of, by and for the People (May 11)
City Bureau, a digital startup on the South Side of Chicago, has been attracting attention and funding for bringing “journalists and communities together in a collaborative spirit to produce media that is impactful, equitable and responsive to the public.” Co-founder Darryl Holliday explains City Bureau’s innovative model for participatory reporting and accountability journalism.  Watch the webinar.  Read a companion case study about City Bureau.

Listening Up: How WFAE made inclusion the North Star of its content strategy (June 8) WFAE’s open ears, minds and doors approach is proving that a public broadcaster can grow trust, diversity, membership, revenue and produce impactful, award-winning journalism by putting the community first. Watch the webinar.  Read a companion case study about WFAE.

Keeping it Local: How the National Trust for Local News aims to sustain community journalism (July 13)  What happens when foundations, venture philanthropists and nonprofit news organizations join forces to prevent another local news desert? The National Trust for Local News recently engineered the purchase of a family-owned newspaper chain in suburban Denver, Colorado in order to sustain its irreplaceable local journalism. Is this business model a viable strategy to prevent vulture capital acquisitions of local media and keep local news in local hands? Watch the webinar. Watch the webinar.  Read a companion case study about National Trust for Local News. 

Though an annual contest, database and coverage in Current, Local that Works spotlights replicable initiatives at public media stations and nonprofit news organizations. LTW is funded by the Wyncote Foundation.