For a fourth year, we’ve gathered the best examples of newsrooms that deeply commit to public-powered journalism. These newsrooms, series and stories model what’s possible when a newsroom invites audience questions into the editorial process. We hope you’ll be as inspired by this work as we are.
A huge thank you to our outside judges — André Natta, Adriana Lacy, Bec Feldhaus Adams, Evan Mackinder, and Floco Torres — who tackled judging three of the most competitive categories: best investigative, breaking news, and public service stories or series. The other categories were judged by members of Hearken’s engagement team.
The award categories (see winners…
When people are scared or confused, they have a lot of questions. And research shows that a lot of people are scared and/or confused about climate change.
A majority of Americans see climate change affecting their communities. According to Pew Research Center last month, “The share of Americans calling global climate change a major threat to the well-being of the United States has grown from 40% in 2013 to 57% this year.”
So, why not serve your audience by listening and responding to their questions, fears, and ideas?
Read up on some strategies that news organizations of all sizes have used to successfully expand their reach beyond their core audiences.
By Summer Fields and Stephanie Snyder
Diversifying staff and diversifying sources requires much more than a stringent verbal commitment to make it happen, and successfully diversifying audience is no different: It takes time, the development of new processes, relationship-building, clear outreach plans, and accountability measures.
Reaching beyond your core audience often means engaging marginalized and underrepresented communities (though it can vary depending on the publication). For local newsrooms serving geographic regions, that can look like better reaching non-white and less affluent neighborhoods. …