This section is all about developing partnerships with communities. It offers tools for teaching students how to collaborate with the communities they are reporting on more effectively. Engaging the community through a collaborative process builds trust, improves reporting, and offers a way for journalists to check biases through accountability to the community.
Ultimately, the goal is to produce better and more accurate journalism, while building a collaborative and reciprocal relationship with the community journalists are covering. Helicopter journalism can take place at the local level too, content collaboration keeps that from happening.
- Discussion Prompts, Class Exercises, Readings, Project Ideas, and Readings
- Presentation: Developing Partnerships Within Community
Case studies cited in presentation: Hidden Hunger (CapRadio Podcast example of a collaboration with first-person stories: 50 minutes); Documenting Hate (ProPublica); and Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong (Huffington Post).