Award-winning journalist, educator and former SOJC senior instructor, Lisa Heyamoto shares her insights on the intersection of media startups and community-centered journalism. As the director of Teaching & Learning at Local Independent Online News Publishers, she’s seeing that “the path to a successful news business isn’t simply about doing great journalism — it’s about meeting communities where they are, understanding their information and civic needs and providing clear utility and value.” In September, Lisa served as the guest curator on Gather, the platform led by the Agora Journalism Center to support community-minded journalists.
Meetr — A place where engaged journalism reflection meets measurable progress. Its goal is to support the practice of relational journalism and to provide engagement journalists an apparatus to encourage reflection and highlight growth.
A Doers Gathering is a half-day event that showcases local doer-led projects, identifies opportunities for support and collaboration, and creates a network of doers in the community. We’ve put together the Doers Gathering Toolkit as a resource to help you get started.
At a time when journalists are grappling with eroding trust in media and finding new ways to build connections with the communities they serve, we offer a concrete way of talking about and documenting relational engagement.
Researchers and journalists Lisa Heyamoto and Todd Milbourn hosted a series of community workshops in public libraries around the country to get a ground-level understanding of how trust operates in people’s personal lives, and identify strategies for producing more trustworthy journalism.
What role should communities play in the journalistic process? Strategic Communication masters student Keegan Clements-Housser takes on that question in his new report.
According to the tenets of civic engagement, those who live in a community are best qualified to identify its problems and most invested in finding solutions. To start regaining the public’s waning trust in the media and improve the relevance and accuracy of the news, journalists are beginning to ask community members what they should cover and how they should cover it.
How do we know that audience engagement works? And how do we define success in the first place? Thomas R. Schmidt takes on these questions.
Finding Common Ground aimed to achieve cross-border collaboration with engagement practitioners in the media by supporting projects that get people to look up from their devices, meet people with different opinions, listen, and engage in meaningful and civil dialogue across silos and polarized positions.
In collaboration with the Portland Bureau of Transportation, UO’s Reporting Within Communities master’s course produced a series of videos to start a dialogue and inform the city’s pedestrian planning process, PedPDX.