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Images & Voices of Hope | December 2, 2020

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5 stories about promising changes in local media

5 stories about promising changes in local media

                                      Photo by Jay Mantri


Over the past week, we’ve come across some important stories about local news outlets and the ways that media practitioners can engage communities more effectively. Here are five of the best ones we’ve seen:

“Is There Hope For Local News?” by The Atlantic’s Alana Semuels: The piece looks at the challenges that local news organizations face — from an audience and financial standpoint — and includes interviews with people who believe in the power and importance of it.

“Reimagining the News from the Ground Up,” by Andrew Haeg: In this piece, published on Medium, Haeg looks at “how we can learn from what works online and on mobile to create journalism that’s deeply engaging and responsive to our community’s needs.”

“Building Sustainability for Local News,” an It’s All Journalism podcast with the Dodge Foundations’ Josh Stearns. “I just think that when it comes to the health of local communities,” Stearns says, “we need those people who are both doing the accountability/watchdog reporting locally but also just the neighborhood news, the things that connect us as people to our communities and to others in our neighborhoods.”

“A new breed of Co-Operatives is Looking to Redefine Local Media,” by The Guardian’s Nicola Slawson. This piece looks at a local cooperative called the Bristol Cable. “Like a handful of similar start-ups in recent years it’s started with little funding, an unpaid staff and big ambition to ‘redefine local media,'” Slawson writes. “So, what’s motivating the new breed of media co-ops and how are they sustaining themselves and their ambitions?” 

“Journalists Can Play a Pivotal Role in Detroit’s Rebirth,” by the Renaissance Journalism Center’s Jon Funabiki, who is also an ivoh board member. “Journalists need to cover Detroit’s struggles. But the coverage can’t be one-sided and myopic. We also need to balance problems with solutions; crisis with opportunity; and despair with hope,” Funabiki writes. “This is exactly what the journalists involved in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative are trying to do, and this is why Renaissance Journalism points to this project as a new model for how the news media can address a community-wide crisis.”