So, what is the 32 Percent Project?
It’s a research project that’s trying to figure out why trust is journalism is so low — and what can be done to rebuild it. To explore these questions, we’re hosting a series of community workshops in public libraries across the country. Our goal is to listen to what community members have to say, and then use those insights to help journalists do their jobs better.
Who are we?
We’re faculty members at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. We used to be newspaper reporters. Now our focus — and passion — is building community through storytelling. (Meet Lisa, Todd and Thomas)
Where are you traveling?
We’ll be hosting workshops at public libraries in California, Massachusetts, Illinois, Mississippi and Oregon.
8/1–11:30–1:30 — Pico Rivera Library, 9001 Mines Ave., Pico Rivera, Calif.
8/3–5:45–7:45, Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library, 1350 Blue Hill Ave., Boston, Mass.
9/13– 6–8 — Vienna Diner, 511 E. Vine St., Vienna, Ill.
9/15–11:30–1:30 — Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library, 401 Bramlett Blvd., Oxford, Miss.
What are these workshops like?
Basically, they’re conversations. Around 20 community members will gather in a welcoming space at the public library to share stories and talk about the role the news media plays in their community. We’ll offer prompts and pair people up. One question we’ll explore is: if you and your neighbors ran a local news organization, what stories would you tell?
Our goal is to give participants a chance to make their voices heard — and maybe even meet someone interesting or learn something new about your community.
We’ll have you in and out in less than two hours — we promise!
Wait, I don’t even pay attention to the news. Should I still come?
Absolutely! You probably have good reasons for that, and we’d like to hear them!
What should I bring?
An open mind and willingness to listen and share.
Will there be food?
Yes! You’re taking time from your day to chat with us. The least we could do is buy you a sandwich!
What will I get for participating?
An opportunity to share your perspective, meet neighbors and, hopefully, help nudge journalism organizations in a direction that’s more reflective of and responsive to the communities they serve.
How do I reserve a spot?
Click here to register. Space is limited so make sure to do so right away!
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! You can reserve a second ticket by following the link above.