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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FOUNDATIONS: Better meeting coverage

How do you make the most out of every meeting, including a better attack on print and digital, and a bona fide roster of enterprise stories in the future? This session will include proactive tactics to keep meeting coverage relevant.


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FOUNDATIONS: Better interview techniques

You finally got a one-on-one with a key community leader. What do you ask? This session will walk through interviewing techniques, and help you make sure you get key questions answered.


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Fault Lines: diversity, equity and inclusion

The Maynard Insitute, backed by a grant from the Knight Foundation, will help our journalists see where coverage could improve across socioeconomic status, geography, race, gender and other fault lines. This is an opportunity to help us reach and sustain new readers who have been neglected, misunderstood or overlooked in the past.


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Coronavirus style & standards

Guidelines, standards, and resources for reporting on the Coronavirus.


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Google News Lab training

If you’ve ever wondered about Google News Lab and what tools you’re missing out on, then this is the training for you. Daniel Petty, a certified Google News Lab trainer with the Denver Post, will walk you through with some of the cool tools such as reverse image search, advanced search, maps and Google Fusion tables.


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50 enterprise ideas in 50 minutes

You need ideas. We’ve got them. And in this version of the 50 ideas in 50 minutes franchise, we add a new twist — what audiences would this be good for? Plenty of examples of great work done across GateHouse (and other media outlets). National News Editor Matt Leclercq and Tim Schmitt walk you through a fast-paced session sure to stir ideas.


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Reporting on farm bankruptcies in your own backyard

Farm bankruptcies are on the rise, owing in part to retaliatory tariffs on agriculture products from the U.S.-China trade war, unpredictable weather causing adverse planting conditions and high levels of debt. Using a database created by Sky Chadde, the Gannett Agriculture Data Fellow at the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, you’ll be able to localize the impact of these bankruptcies and identify trends in your community.

During this 45-minute session, you will learn what to look for in the data, sources to reach out to and any pitfalls to avoid. You’ll also get an overview of what distinguishes farm, or Chapter 12, bankruptcies from the other chapters of the bankruptcy code.


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#DoJournalismWithImpact (for reporters)

Hold on to your hats, we throw 30 great story ideas out in 15 minutes. Will include links to stories.


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Using CrowdTangle

Amber Burgess of CrowdTangle focuses on using the tool for newsgathering and performance measurement on social.


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Google: Verification

Maggie Farley, a former Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent, is now working with Google News Initiative to help journalism thrive in the digital age. In this video, she covers verification.


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Using video diaries to tell stories remotely

You can still tell great video stories while staying safe at home. Through video diaries filmed by the subjects themselves, USA TODAY’s Coronavirus Chronicles is a look at how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Americans from single parenting, unemployment, weddings to grieving.

The password to view this webinar is: O9!L.usU


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Trauma: Ethics and practices for reporting on traumatized individuals and communities

This addresses ethical and craft issues involved in reporting on traumatized individuals and communities. The training discusses best practices in coverage (e.g. effective reporting approaches on sensitive topics; interviewing techniques; ethics concerns; reporting dilemmas) and developing reporters’ skills to mitigate the impact of trauma exposure through self-care and peer support. (Nov 2019)


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News audience habits in the time of coronavirus

What we’ve learned about readers’ interests in Covid-19 coverage in the early going.


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Which photos can get you sued?

The media landscape continues to evolve, especially in areas concerning newsgathering through social media. Attorney Michael J. Grygiel focuses his national practice on media law, with an emphasis on defending news and entertainment organizations from newsgathering and publication-related claims, including defamation, copyright infringement and invasion of privacy matters. He will discuss Twitter and Facebook photos, and other areas of concern.


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What is Storyful and how can you use it?

What is Storyful and how can it help you? A discussion on how to put it to use in your newsroom.


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Discovering social content that strengthens your newsroom’s reporting

David Clinch, global strategic partnerships and training coordinator with Storyful, shares tips and best practices for journalists as they discover social media content online that is relevant to their reporting, including: How the program can support journalists as they navigate the flow of information across social platforms and determine authenticity of user-generated content; tools/steps to take that might help with verification process; and some guidance from the VPC as to how your team can work with theirs to utilize Storyful content on your site.

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