This guide, which Alicia Bell created in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network, includes an introduction to community gatherings along with practical resources for designing events.
News professionals must reorient themselves to think of readers, listeners and viewers as more than just sources or “the public” in the abstract. Instead, journalists must embrace a view that sees the members of the public as active participants in an ongoing and meaningful knowledge exchange; in short, journalists must engage in continuous deliberation and conversation with audiences.
This handbook provides essential and practical information on how collaboratives can think about an audience engagement event and pull it off successfully. While this guide is geared specifically to collaboratives, individual news organizations can certainly learn from its insights.