Journalists & Trust in U.S. Communities:

Building Bridges in a Polarized,

Multicultural, Digital World

 

This project considers all the kinds of trust-building strategies being tested right now for newsrooms in order to figure out how to make them feasible given the current newsroom dynamics, resource constraints and other realities of the journalist’s job today. Furthermore, the project explores the idea that different kinds of reporters perform journalism in different manners based on their backgrounds, race, gender, politics, etc. We want to hear how reporters and editors in US-based newsrooms that are small or mid-sized try to build trust, but also whether these different mandates emerging for newsrooms are reasonable and possible or even appropriate considering journalistic values. For example, we want to hear journalists’ thoughts/concerns/hopes for and about the engagement trends that suggest a deeper, more individual relationship with audience members. 

SURVEY: If you are a journalist interested in participating in this project, please contact me at robinson4 AT wisc.edu for a link to the 30-minute survey for a $20 Amazon gift card.

FOCUS GROUPS: We are also looking for reporters or editors at US based newsrooms to participate in one of three focus groups. RSVP to robinson4 AT wisc DOT edu:

  1. Online News Association conference at New Orleans Friday, Sept. 13 at 8 am for 90 minutes. $50 Amazon gift card. MUST RSVP.
  2. Online News Association conference at New Orleans Friday, Sept. 13 at 10:15 am for 90 minutes. $50 Amazon gift card. MUST RSVP. (Reserved for journalists of color)
  3. Newspaper Press Association conference at Milwaukee on Friday. Oct. 4 for 90 minutes (time TBD). $50 Amazon gift card. MUST RSVP.

*** Obviously there is only so much money, so at some point I will have to close the survey and cap the interviews.

Here are the details:

  • PAID
  • Anonymous 
  • Ability to see questions ahead of time
  • Sharing of findings, once study is complete
  • Being part of the solution; helping other journalists and to combat the attacks on the profession

For more information about me, please check out my bio here. I am a former journalist. I am working with two graduate students named Megan Zahay and Carlos Davalos (who is also a journalist from Mexico City).

*** PLEASE LET ME KNOW YOUR NAME, EMAIL AND NEWS ORGANIZATION IN YOUR EMAIL TO ME AS WE ARE GETTING SPAMMED HARD AND ALSO TROLLED.