The best public-powered journalism published by Hearken partners

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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…



News organizations use Hearken to meaningfully engage the public as a story develops from pitch through publication. Founders: @JenniferBrandel @coreyhaines

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