The New Jersey Sustainability Reporting project is a statewide news collaborative spearheaded by CivicStory. It generates local news stories about sustainability issues and actions required to resolve the climate crisis. Through 6-month fellowships, early to mid-career journalists report for diverse New Jersey newsrooms and help citizens shift from day-to-day thinking to longer-term consideration of the needs, health, and wellbeing of future generations.
Jazz 91.9 WCLK teamed up with more than 10 Atlanta’s Black Radio stations – commercial and community outlets – in partnership with the Urban League of Greater Atlanta with the common goals of voter registration, voter education and voter mobilization in advance of the November 2020 election. From July 2020 through September 2020, Jazz 91.9 WCLK and partner stations are dedicating a full day of on-air programming to voting and Census messaging via PSA and interviews and social media engagement.
Kansas City PBS creates “Zoom juries” as a novel approach to engaging citizens on critical pandemic related issues. In ‘Justice Deferred’ we partnered with area courts to examine what it will take to restart criminal jury trials suspended since stay-at-home orders went into effect in March.
Sahan Journal, an independent, nonprofit news site in partnership with MPR News, serves the immigrant and refugee populations of Minnesota with professional journalism centered on immigrant lives, voices, and experiences. It has been publishing essential pandemic coverage in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish, in order to be accessible to the three largest immigrant groups in the state.
WCMU is re-imagining local journalism by creating partnerships with rural newspapers to produce content and at the same time train J students in broadcast, print and internet story telling. We are harnessing the reach of a public radio network and the local strength of community newspapers to provide an outstanding product, remind news consumers about the value of local news, and give small papers much-needed boots on the ground during a time when contractions in the industry are threatening their existence.
Tax Increment Financing districts (TIFs) divert billions of public property tax dollars from local units of government across the USA annually. This is a secretive and corrupt process that sends public dollars to private developers with virtually no grassroots input or evaluation. This is a national story with unlimited local news hooks. It is part of a larger conversation on local economic development, economic and racial justice, government accountability and crass corruption (or, as we say, in Chicago, “pay to play” politics), and it offers rich opportunities for civic engagement, journalism and and volunteer-driven research.
This new, community-focused program is aimed at bringing together a diverse group of voices to discuss the important issues facing our state and communities. With a new episode expected to air each quarter, the series provides a unique opportunity for all to listen and learn. The SCETV team engaged with viewers and encouraged community discussion via Facebook Live, Zoom and other digital platforms.
On the first Thursday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m., WTIP hosts a live interactive conversation on an issue of great community importance. This participatory program is designed to give everyone a voice in the meaningful and vital discussions on public affairs issues that shape the health and well-being of our community. Because we have had to pivot our technical approach to the program due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our community guests are invited to participate through Zoom and listeners are invited to call in or email with questions, comments and concerns prior to the show.
The news harvest is a technology-assisted workflow we’ve developed to produce a daily local newsletter in communities that are media deserts. It allows people to launch useful multi-lingual news products that uplift existing community production and begin the restoration of those ecosystems.