Pathways to Engagement: Understanding How Newsrooms are Working with Communities

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This paper from the Democracy Fund documents a broad spectrum of efforts that help position communities at the center of journalism.

Cover: pathways to engagementJournalists are working with their communities in a range of new ways that are reshaping how newsrooms report, publish, and pay the bills. This emerging trend has roots in past journalism industry movements but has taken on unique contours in the digital age. This paper helps Democracy Fund create a taxonomy of engagement practices. In this paper, they have documented a broad spectrum of efforts that help position communities at the center of journalism. Different approaches are outlined, along with useful examples from the field. The paper refers to the full spectrum of ideas presented here as “Engaged Journalism.”

Two Internews projects are cited as examples of community engagement: The Listening Post New Orleans (page 8) and Jersey Shore Hurricane News (page 6).

Pathways to Engagement is written by Angelica Das and edited by Jessica Clark.

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