In times of uncertainty, help your audience find answers.

As journalists and community builders, this is an opportunity to continue to serve our communities in times on unknown. Here at Hearken, we’ve built a company, community, and a business model around asking good questions, and then the listening and relationships that are possible when we listen. Here’s what we’re seeing right now from newsrooms that are continuing to use public-powered reporting to report. We are also sharing some ideas we’re seeing that maybe you could adapt, too. And don’t forget to keep the engagement feedback loop going strong.

First, Invite Feedback

Even though the election is over, questions still abound. There’s more newsrooms can do during this time to engage our audiences. Here are some great ideas that we saw from folks in our network about how to keep inviting feedback from your audiences. …


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Welcome to a post in our new series: Community Deep Dives. Hearken knows that engagement and community growth are topics that apply to everything in life, including work. So we’re gathering community-builders to share the lessons they’ve learned that we can all take inspiration from. To sign up for our free monthly webinars or suggest a deep dive of your own, head here!

ICYMI our first Community Deep Dive was about Dance Dance Party Party led by Jenn Brandel.

What’s Dance Dance Party Party? It’s a womxn-only freestyle dance session that has spread all over this great Earth with chapters in dozens of countries. How does it work? Womxn of all ages enter a dark room with a bunch of strangers, dance their asses off to an eclectic mix of dance songs, and leave as friends, refreshed. It’s like reliving that late-night dance party from a sleep-over party you had when you were 10. …


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Welcome to a post in our new series: Community Deep Dives. Hearken knows that engagement and community growth are topics that apply to everything in life, including work. So we’re gathering community-builders to share the lessons they’ve learned that we can all take inspiration from. To sign up for our free monthly webinars or suggest a deep dive of your own, head here!

Almost two years ago, on a whim, fueled by what I can only describe as ennui (what I now realize was my statistic in the loneliness epidemic), I applied to live in Queen City Cooperative, a limited-equity housing cooperative in Denver’s historic Capitol Hill neighborhood. …


We have to see the public showing us their side eye, and take responsibility for it.

A mentor of mine once shared a quote that transformed me: “When you take responsibility, you have power.” When you take responsibility for the things that are not your fault completely, you can make some amazing changes.

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Here I am with my Marantz and microphone in Romania covering protests over a controversial gold mining project.

When friends or acquaintances find out I’m a journalist, they often share their grievances and questions with me. “Why did NPR have this really bad expert on this morning?” they ask me while I’m at the rock climbing gym. “Why did they run that story, it’s such a waste of my time,” I hear at Thanksgiving dinner. I usually remind them I don’t work for the publication in question, I didn’t set up that interview, and I would personally do it differently. …

About

Meredith Turk

Engagement strategist with Hearken. Member-owner at Queen City Cooperative. Building networks and resilient communities through storytelling.

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