Local Civic Challenge #4: Telling the Story of Your Community

Join in on the Local Civic Challenge #4

Below is an excerpt from the original article at The Jefferson Center's site at.

"Supporting local storytelling strengthens our relationships and preserves the history of our communities. When we listen to the experiences of our neighbors, we can better understand one another, which makes it easier to work through projects and issues together.

Think about your role in your local news ecosystemare you subscribed to the local paper? Do you know what the current headlines are? Can you identify a few stories that arent being covered, but should be? According to a 2015 Pew survey, Americans are great at sharing news, but we dont often get involved in actual newsgathering ourselves.

For this weeks civic challenge, weve found a few ways you can start collecting stories and amplifying diverse voices in your neighborhood:

1. Meet with people

Find events like garage sales, movies in the park, and clothing swaps where you can sit (or stand) across from someone and get to know them. If these dont exist already, create your own community gatherings! Share online, and post to community bulletin boards in places like the grocery store and community center.

2. Submit an op-ed or write a blog post

Take stock of the local papers and blogs in your community to see where you could submit a story. Here are a few tips on how to start writing for your community paper.

3. Use technology

Apps and social media pages that connect neighborhoods are becoming more common, such as.."

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