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We’re hiring!

First things first, do you want to work with us?  Or know someone who might be interested? We’re looking to hire a part time communications consultant who can help us share our story and the narratives of our amazing partners across the country. This person would ideally be based in L.A. or Washington, DC, but we’re flexible. You can check out our job listing here.


A look back and a look ahead:

Last year was a busy at the Listening Post Collective. We helped Dawaune Hayes launch a hyper-local information project called NOISE in North Omaha, Nebraska; we helped Madeleine Bair conduct an in depth Information Ecosystem Assessment for the Latinx community in Oakland, CA; we invested in Spanish language news and emergency information in Napa County, CA after the devastating wildfires; we continued to provide life saving preparedness and recovery information in Puerto Rico and partnered with National Geographic along the way to make sure that local students could share their own stories of recovery and resiliency; we continued to share our Listening Post playbook and hosted workshops with dozens of groups across the country; and we heard from many of you who are experimenting with our strategies everyday; our playbook was used by over 4,000 users across all over the world! We’ll be sharing more details and case studies in the months ahead, but a huge thanks to many of you who have supported and engaged with us.

So what’s in store for the Listening Post Collective in the near future?
We have bigger goals and projects ahead of us this year and with generous support from the News Integrity Initiative, the Democracy Fund, CLEF, the Irvine Foundation, the Sherwood Foundation and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy we’ll be able to continue to provide mentorship, assessments, and tools and resources for communities who could benefit from better local journalism around the country. Here’s what we’ll be doing:

  • Mentorship: Through our partnership with CLEF, we’ll be providing direct mentorship and support to five new newsrooms this year. These partners include: The War Horse, WDET, The Stand, The Conversation and Mississippi Today. We’ll keep you updated on this work and this impressive new group of partners!

  • Small Grants: We are also going to distribute small grants so that newsrooms can experiment with information needs surveys and other tools from our playbook. Stay tuned for announcements on those opportunities.

  • Deeper Dives: We have three grants this year that will allow us to provide more long-term information ecosystem and journalistic support in Fresno, CA, Omaha, NE, and Puerto Rico. In Fresno we will be researching the local information ecosystem so we can identify local information gaps and opportunities for collaboration and investment. In Omaha we will continue to support the growth and sustainability of NOISE. And in Puerto Rico we will be supporting local citizen reporters and a regional radio station so that residents can contribute to and receive more information about vital issues such as mental health, food security and economic development.

Fresno

Everybody we talked to in Fresno, California on a recent visit told us that it's an amazing news town, which isn't always a good sign for local residents. It means things like air quality, racial and socio-economic divides, even the media itself are all worthy of not just local, but national attention. As part of our latest information ecosystem research, we’re working with a diverse group of media and community members in Fresno to figure out how to sustain robust reporting about these key issues and make sure that news is shared with working class areas of the city and surrounding areas. Our first listening tour of Fresno included meetups with everyone from public health researchers, to Radio Bilingue, a regional network that broadcasts in both Spanish and indigenous languages, to the Fresno Bee, to the newest church in South Fresno. Stay-tuned as our listening turns into action over the course of the next few months.

Sacramento
What's life like in Sacramento's Meadowview neighborhood? That's waht LPC collaborator jesikah maria ross wanted to know in advance of a reporting project by Capital Public Radio looking at what's changed what hasn't since the police shooting of Stephon Clark a year ago. jesikah covered a local school cafeteria with maps of the neighborhood and other opportunities for community members to come and help educate reporters about Meadowview, it's geographic boundaries, it's history, and it's current narratives. With a recent court ruling on the police shooting increasing tensions in the city, jesikah is continuing to connect with community members.

 

Projects We Love

Venezuelans continue to wake up to a nightmare every day as political and economic turmoil in the country make basic living impossible. One entrepreneurial news project, El Bus TV, is working hard to keep residents informed, despite government censorship. Every day reporters hop on public transit in Caracas and share news people can use via a homemade TV frame.

The Listening Post Collective provides journalists, newsroom leaders, and non-profits tools and advice to create meaningful conversations with their communities. We believe responsible reporting begins with listening. From there, media outlets and community organizations can create news stories that respond to people’s informational needs, reflect their lives, and enable them to make informed decisions.
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