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Civic Journalism. The Role of Newspapers in Building Citizenship. Press Challenges. Profit pressures Internet Bad journalistic habits Government regulation. New Questions:. Who is a journalist? What is journalism?. New Trends:. Interactive journalism Participatory journalism

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civic journalism

Civic Journalism

The Role of Newspapers in Building Citizenship

press challenges
Press Challenges
  • Profit pressures
  • Internet
  • Bad journalistic habits
  • Government regulation
new questions
New Questions:
  • Who is a journalist?
  • What is journalism?
new trends
New Trends:
  • Interactive journalism
  • Participatory journalism
  • Citizen journalism
civic journalism1
Civic Journalism
  • Restore good habits
  • Build reader connections
  • Get better stories
  • Build better citizens
journalism today
Journalism Today
  • Blurred lines
    • Reporting & Commentary
    • Entertainment & News
  • Difficulty “getting it right”
  • Serving elites vs. citizens
  • Out of touch with public
  • Commercial > sensational
bad habits
Bad Habits
  • Act rushed
  • Hover with notebook
  • Ask loaded questions
  • Expect fast answers
  • Listen for quick quote
  • Show up only for problems
  • Corrupt behavior
civic journalism aspirations
Civic JournalismAspirations
  • Retain watch dog
  • Abandon attack dog
  • Add guide dog
civic election coverage
Civic Election Coverage
  • Avoid < horse race polls
  • Focus > voter issues
  • Frame > hiring decisions
slide10

Charlotte

Observer

slide11

Norfolk

Virginian-Pilot

slide12

Philadelphia

Inquirer

Mayor’s Race

pew center for civic journalism
Pew Center forCivic Journalism
  • Funded 120 projects
  • Tracked 650 projects
  • Trained 4,000 journalists
  • Awarded 30 Batten Awards
  • Interactive journalism
read more

Read more:

www.pewcenter.org

www.j-lab.org

slide15

Computer kiosks

> Community surveys

definition civic journalism
Definition:Civic Journalism

News that citizens need to:

  • Learn about issues, events
  • Make civic decisions
  • Participate in a democracy
civic toolbox
Civic Toolbox
  • New definitions of “news”
  • New sources of news
  • New interactions with readers
  • Mental checklist
what is news
What is “News?”

Content audits: 1977 - 1997:

  • Government News < 38%
  • Entertainment News > 380%
  • Scandal News > 300 %
civic techniques
Civic Techniques
  • DON’T:
    • Keep score
    • Focus on conflict
  • DO:
    • Cover solutions
    • Interview all stakeholders
slide23

Savannah’s

Vision 2010

civic attributes
Civic Attributes:
  • Entry points for citizen input - task force
  • Reported solutions
  • Build civic capacity
    • Action plan
    • Non-profit foundation
civic response
Civic Response:
  • 1,100 reader calls
  • $200,000 donations
  • 50 tons food
  • 8,000 toys
  • Thousands volunteer hours
news as conflict
“News” as Conflict

Internal vs. External

  • Conflict in Values
  • Not Conflict of People
civic mapping
Civic Mapping
  • List pre-conceived ideas
  • Diversify Sources
        • Catalysts
        • Connectors
  • Watch for stereotypes
  • Hold conversations not interviews
  • Define terms
  • Find master narratives
learn more
Learn more:

www.pewcenter.org

“A Journalists’s Toolbox”

(4 videos)

“Tapping Civic Life” booklet

slide31

Taking

Back Our

Neighborhoods

civic listening
Civic Listening
  • Data Crunching
  • Community Poll
  • Citizen Advisors
  • Town Halls
charlotte s civic tools
Charlotte’s Civic Tools
  • TV and radio partners
  • Neighborhood advisors
  • Town hall meetings
  • Success stories
  • “Needs” lists for each area
slide34

Charlotte

Observer’s

“Needs” List

what we know
What we know:
  • Triggers civic behavior
  • Increases knowledge
  • Builds credibility
  • Citizens “get” it
  • Builds civic capacity
  • Builds reporting capacity
master narratives

MasterNarratives

Covering the Noise

Vs.

Covering the Silences

mental checklist
Mental Checklist
  • How do you position people?

√ As color or furniture that you move around?

√ Or as a citizen capable of action?

mental checklist1
Mental Checklist

Do you only raise awareness?

√ Can a story invite input, ideas?

√ Can it help readers do something with the information?

mental checklist2
Mental Checklist

Have you talked to all stakeholders?

√ Do you report more than two sides of the story?

√ Do the pros and cons get you the real story?

mental checklist3
Mental Checklist

Do you report internal and external conflict?

√ Do you help people see possible choices and consequences of those choices?

√ Do you examine conflicting values?

mental checklist4
Mental Checklist

Do you advance solutions?

√ Report what has worked elsewhere?

√ Invite community brainstorming?

mental checklist5
Mental Checklist

Do you invite participation?

√ How can people respond?

√ Are there “entry points” for input?

less noise

Less Noise

More Meaningful Interaction

the institute for interactive journalism
The Institute

for Interactive Journalism

www.j-lab.org