Welcome to the Local Fix. Each week we look at key debates in journalism sustainability and community engagement through the lens of local news. But first, we always begin with one good idea...
One Good Idea: Hey Neighbor
If you're looking for audience, go where they are, don't always expect them to come to you. One way KQED has found the community they want to reach is through an experiment with Nextdoor . The public radio station has partnered with the social network to post stories, and to crowdsource information about future stories. Nextdoor has had it's share of problems, and you should understand those debates before engaging on the platform, but it's an interesting experiment to keep your eyes on and to explore.
Collaboration is key to the survival and transformation of local news, so you've probably seen it pop up here a time or two (or three...or four). Next week, Josh and Teresa will both be at the Collaborative Journalism Summit, so we have been looking through some great reads on the topic. Here are a few, and keep an eye open for more from the summit in the future. (And say hi to us if you're there!)
What would your work look like if the public joined you on the reporting process? David Fahrtenhold did it with tweets, Hearken newsrooms do it with questions, and others do it with events, online tools, and more. Bring your reader with you, in fact, let them lead the way, and see what happens.
Have a good weekend,
Josh and Teresa
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