Reading list: Local journalism

ReadingListIn this zeitgeist of disruption for radio makers, events like the NFCB summit in St. Louis are a reminder of why we even bother to fill the air with sound and stories, and who they’re for: people and neighborhoods.

The stories that journalists (pro or citizen) tell about a place shape local identity the way that outsiders see a community, and the way that a community perceives itself. For people and neighborhoods that fall into the cracks, being invisible in the media can be discouraging, even dangerous. As we hear over and over again, representation matters

So, how can journalists transform this pulse-raising moment of audio energy into an experiment that has tangible, meaningful benefits? How can they use new tools to “listen a little more and shout a little less“? And how can they begin to share the mic and make room for communities to tell their own stories?

These are the kinds of questions that we have been mulling over at AIR HQ. This week we pulled together a reading list on local news and community journalism that culls lessons from the civic tech world, projects like StoryCorps and Curious City, and experiments in citizen journalism. 

  • Hyperlocal cooties | Jeff Jarvis for Buzz Machine
    Jeff Jarvis combs the graveyard of hyperlocal news start-ups for lessons and pinpoints three things that tie the survivors together.


Emily Boghossian is AIR’s editorial operations associate, a recent graduate of Carleton College, and a person who lives in a neighborhood.