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Community-Centered JournalismEngaging People, Exploring Solutions, and Building Trust$
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Andrea Wenzel

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043307

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043307.001.0001

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The Process Is Portable

The Process Is Portable

Toward a Community-Driven Intervention

(p.105) Chapter 4 The Process Is Portable
Community-Centered Journalism

Andrea Wenzel

University of Illinois Press

Chapter Four makes the argument that while interventions to strengthen local storytelling networks are not scalable, the process of designing them is portable to different regions. The chapter follows an attempt to apply a communication infrastructure theory-based process model developed in Kentucky to areas of Philadelphia. This process includes a research study exploring local information needs and assets, followed by a workshop to brainstorm interventions, followed by piloting interventions. Applying the same process in different places demonstrates how place, and both local communication needs and assets, can shape the nature of interventions that emerge. In this case it shows how in the suburban area the process led to an idea for students to produce solutions journalism stories. Meanwhile in the urban neighborhood, the process led to development of the Germantown Info Hub, an engaged journalism project that focuses on connecting different storytelling network actors through community outreach and discussions.

Keywords:   communication assets, communication needs, communication infrastructure theory, engaged journalism, intervention, place, solutions journalism, storytelling networks, Philadelphia

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