Handling sensitive content, navigating new relationships among challenges Unite Rochester ran a couple of stories in June around a flashpoint issue: people part of a Bhutanese and Nepalese refugee community feeling targeted and preyed on by African-Americans expressed mounting anger that was about to hit a breaking point. The refugees had been reluctant to go … Continue reading Newspaper series brings sensitivities to light
By Jennifer Neutel ‘I don’t know if we can ever declare victory, but the train has left the station’ When the editorial board at the Democrat and Chronicle embarked on hosting “listening tours” — encouraging readers to attend various meetings and discuss community issues related to race and poverty — initially only a handful of … Continue reading Editorial ‘listening tours’ engage community in creating change
By Jennifer Neutel ‘Everyone in the workshop was simultaneously a student and a teacher’ A workshop on news organizations as participants in community-building modelled its own message at the Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany June 30, by facilitating small group discussions that created deep connections amongst participants. Each of the five facilitators in the … Continue reading Global Media Forum workshop a unique community-building exercise
By Jennifer Neutel News organization engaging residents, raising awareness of racial inequities A “Listening Tour” on racial inequity hosted by the Democrat and Chronicle’s editorial board has engaged more than 150 community members and political leaders, and is beginning to lead to direct changes in the community. In one instance, a town supervisor said he … Continue reading Unite Rochester seeks to effect positive change
By Jennifer Neutel ‘Community engagement is critical to today’s reporting’ While news organizations are rooted in the communities they cover, some are seeing a need to go beyond traditional reporting and intentionally engage and connect with citizens on a new level. An American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and Journalism That Matters project is exploring … Continue reading Why are news organizations exploring community engagement?