KQED’s Ian Hill guest blogged for us this week about the station’s experimentation with “open newsrooms.”
One possibility, I thought, might be to set aside time in reporters’ schedules specifically to meet the residents they were covering on the Residents’ home turf. A model for this had been established by the Center for Investigative Reporting, an organization that partnered with my employer, KQED News.
They called it an open newsroom. Think of it like a meetup or a mixer for journalists and the community. Reporters tell residents they are going to be at a coffeeshop in their neighborhood at a specific date and time, and any resident is welcome to come and chat.
Read the rest of the post, including tips on how your news org could launch its own open newsrooms.
We asked this question in an informal poll during our last webinar. Out of 51 respondents:
25% said a person on staff devotes part of all of his/her time to them.
12% said their our reporting staff splits up the work.
45% said their reporting staff works with other departments to hold them
18% said departments outside of our newsroom handle them
Interesting results. How does your station handle events?