The goal of the Information Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) is to gain a deeper understanding of how people get local news and information, what sources they trust, and what communities are left out of the media. The information we gather through the IEA informs possible solutions to address information gaps, overlooked audiences and other issues related to news and media access.

The IEA process features a series of listening tours and ‘key informant’ interviews that examine how residents know what they know about what’s going on in their communities.