The project’s premise was simple: A group of community members scoured Atlantic City looking for untold stories of resiliency in a city that has been battered by bad news for the last decade, and a group of media partners committed to tell those stories.
And a report by the Federal Communication Commission speculated that the decline of investigative reporting capacity in states like West Virginia has already cost human lives. “Several publications brilliantly documented that the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia had ‘1…
…of our work — that journalists need to stop talking and start listening. We don’t always know best. There are things journalists do so well and the work of journalism is so important, but in the end, it’s for communities. If journalists aren’t listening to their communities, it doesn’t do anyone any good.
…s in people whose work is rooted in these same values — of kindness and generosity for individuals, of being in communion with those whose voices and stories are ignored or dismissed. We support those who will bring on other people along the way to join our fight for journalism tha…
The future of local news depends on newsrooms’ ability to build communities of people invested in the work that journalists do, through careful and responsive relationship building. If they focus on individual community members, they can’t get sloppy.
Sometimes grassroots work like News Voices is criticized or questioned for its ability to scale. But small, locally-focused projects and organizations can create a durable network of support and action that is its own kind of scale, and we are foolish to dismiss the importance of this to the community.
What if this story were more common? What if the public always felt a deep and abiding sense of gratitude for journalists, because journalists were listening and genuinely responding to their needs? What if people from all backgrounds felt powerful because they got to tell their own stories, and collaborate with journalists around important, complex topics? What if everyone had easy access to all of the news and information they needed to make informed decisions in their daily lives and actively participate in civic life?