Community Engagement from 72 inches apart

During a time when social distancing is the law, how do newsrooms keep their communities engaged AND protected. Community newsroom leaders share how they have changed their strategy, explored innovation, and reached new levels of engagement within their communities despite social distancing restrictions.

At the local level, a reader’s participation in the news has come to be an essential part of the process. During a pandemic, the circumstance demands for increased exchanges of engagement that improve information needs. From story selection to reporting and distribution, COVID-19 put an immediate strain on a reporter’s ability to work with their communities, and produce fully inclusive coverage. So how do you continue to make meaningful connections in local communities when you’re required to stay apart? In this participatory session, walk away with strategies that do not only strengthen your news coverage and increase the impact of work during a pandemic but long after the age of coronavirus.

Suggested Speaker(s)

  • John Keefe
    investigations editor, Quartz
  • Ashley Alvarado
    Director of community engagement, KPCC