Check this list

Joy Mayer talked about West Seattle Blog and Front Porch Forum today. Have a look at both of them for ideas and to get a sense of why these projects are so successful.

She also talked about TBD today, and I went there and looked around (and found this story about the most overdone, cliche Halloween stories. See any on there that look familiar?).

Here’s the pep talk part of this post: Check your engagement. How well are you listening to the community you cover?

 

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3 Responses to Check this list

  1. Joy Mayer says:

    Thanks for the great conversation this morning, guys. Here are a few follow-up points:

    Great quote from the TBD engagement director: “Journalists love parties. We’re just used to partying alone.” He says people want to share a collective experience, and they’re trying to create one in a big city.

    More from the Front Porch Forum founder: People report an increased sense of civic involvement and engagement after signing up for a neighborhood newsletter. Out of civic engagement comes information sharing comes news gathering and distribution. Then they feel prompted to get involved, be a helpful neighbor. So, are we about news? It’s not part of our original concept, but … “We hear from people all the time that if they had to choose between the newspaper or their neighborhood forum, they’d pick the neighborhood forum.” In my neighborhood, there are often five posts a day. In the local Gannett newspaper, how many local stories are there? And how many are truly relevant?

  2. Dustin says:

    Wow, for the flagship neighborhood on FPF, they report a 98 percent reviewal rate for every issue. And 25 issues are published each month. Any news outlet would kill for numbers like this. It certainly speaks to the level of engagement FPF has achieved.

  3. Sean Leahy says:

    Interesting stuff from TBD about Halloween coverage.

    It brings up many good points and, what’s more frustrating, I believe it can be applied to holidays and events throughout the year.

    For example: the holiday season. I’m confident we will see stories in the next months about gift-giving etiquette, holiday dieting, etc.

    I think community engagement comes into the picture when we look for stories that are different. If we are connected to our readership the chances are good we can find what’s new for Halloween or the holiday season or whichever event.

    People like to change things up on a yearly basis and giving our ears to their voices can lead us down new paths.

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