What journalists can learn from community organizers

FLORIDA TODAY’s Isadora Rangel interviewed Alicia Bell, organizing manager at Free Press, an organization that seeks to give people a voice in the crucial decisions that shape the media.

Among the topics they explored:

  • If we’re the news organization “of record” in our community, whose record have we been keeping?
  • Why is it important for news organizations to reach audiences that have been historically marginalized?
  • How do we build trust, and in so doing, what do community organizers have to teach us?
  • How might we map out our community, both literally and figuratively, to find communities that are overlooked or un-covered?
  • How can we use forums and community meetings to cut into this deficit?

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