What can we learn about the news people need via the questions they ask? A new report from Pew explored how people search for and find local news during disasters like the Flint water crisis. That got us wondering how understanding audience desires might drive more community-oriented innovation, sustainability, and collaboration. The articles below try to answer that question.
We've spent the week talking and thinking about all kinds of partnerships in journalism at the Collaborative Journalism Summit. Here are a few projects that we learned about this week, each of which pursue collaboration through a number of different approaches. There are many more great examples to share - and we'll keep highlighting more over the next few weeks. (Hat tip to the Center for Cooperative Media who had "collabor-ade" water bottles made for their event)
Occasionally we like to shine a spotlight on the good work being done by local newsrooms around the country (so send in suggestions and tips!). This week we have a series of good stories, and one more difficult one. We have been following the remarkable work of the Watershed Post for years and have learned a lot from their approach. In the letter from the editor below we also learn a lot about the struggles of doing this work (which many of you can relate to).
Have a good weekend,
Josh and Teresa
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