This research examines the impact of One River, Many Stories, a community storytelling project designed to disrupt relationships between news organizations and their audiences. Informed by scholarship on the changing role of journalists as facilitators rather than gatekeepers of public discourse, community engagement methods were used to study this two-year storytelling project. Ripple Effects Mapping methods measured its impact. Findings reveal that traditional news media deviated little from established journalism routines while citizen participation was diverse and expansive.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Researchers applied for and received a $47,000 Knight Foundation Fund grant to support an 18-month media collaboration project from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. An office was established and a project coordinator was hired. The project team built and used social media accounts. A graphic designer created logos and designed a website. RebelMouse, an online aggregation program, was used to collect and present all the stories and social media interactions related to the project.
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- community engagement
- media collaboration
- news routines
- participatory journalism