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|APME UPDATE, JAN. 19, 2016|
APME UPDATE – JAN. 19, 2016
SAVE THE DATE
A SPECIAL APME REPORT
Educate, Empathize, Engage: 12 Ways for Editors to Reach and Relate to Untapped Communities
By Francesca Lupia, Stanford University
Connecting people with stories is a journalist’s job – and it’s almost never as easy as it sounds.
Identifying reliable sources and reaching broad audiences are challenging tasks, especially when covering “untapped” communities that have little experience in the media spotlight. Interacting with such populations requires time, skill, and, in some cases, an entirely new approach to journalism.
From Oct. 16-18, 2015, newsroom leaders from across the country met on Stanford University’s campus for the annual American Society of News Editors – Associated Press Media Editors conference. In a featured panel entitled, “Flip It! Disruptive ways to engage untapped audiences,” three editors shared their experiences with “flipped” narratives – community at the center – and community engagement. Intrigued, I reached out to the editors after the conference, hoping to expand upon the panel’s productive discussion. In a series of interviews, all three editors offered detailed discussion and advice, providing fresh insight into their methods and takeaways.
The editors hailed from diverse locations and backgrounds:
Suki Dardarian, managing editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reflected on her newspaper’s coverage of Somali-American refugee communities in the Twin Cities area.
Gilbert Bailon, editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, shared insights gained by covering communities of color in Ferguson and greater St. Louis.
Alfredo Carbajal, managing editor of Dallas-based daily Spanish-language publication Al Dia, discussed the steps he and his colleagues take to provide nuanced coverage of immigration issues and Mexican-American communities in Texas.
In this set of suggestions for editors seeking to reflect diverse perspectives through community engagement, the editors share their thoughts on powerful, people-centered journalism. Here are three themes (Educate, Empathize, and Engage) to keep in mind when embarking on an endeavor in “flipped” journalism:
Los Angeles Times: Ethics committee: Lobbying in the shadows growing
San Francisco Chronicle: City fears PG&E tampered with records in 2014 blast
Denver Post: Denver homicides hit nine year high with 50 killed in 2015
Chicago Tribune: School funding plan spurs concerns over cuts
Sun Sentinel: 911 call-taker orders pizza while ignoring emergency call
Des Moines Register: Iowa Muslims: Terror, politics hijack faith
Wichita Eagle: Clinic releases e-mails detailing fall into financial trouble
Baltimore Sun: Jury was one vote short of acquittal on manslaughter charge
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Stadium task force spent $16.2 million on failed plan
New York Times: Drug overdoses push up mortality rates of young whites
Columbus Dispatch: Drugmakers prepare to fight proposed RX price controls
Philadelphia Inquirer: How non-profit newsrooms avoid conflicts of interest
Tennessean: Audit slams Nashville airport authority, calls for culture change
OPEN RECORDS, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
Settlement reached in federal lawsuit over traffic stop
Illinois, other states debate laws for police videos
State's appeals court: Jeffco teacher sick leave records not protected
County defends redacted information
State officials replaced amid investigation approved to stay on payroll
Knoxville schools reverse policy on viewing public records
Newport News, insurers pay $2 million to settle Boyce case
EDITORS IN THE NEWS
U.S. Congressmen in Germany to meet Americans released by Iran
Omaha World-Herald dropping afternoon edition
UK court: Police who held journalist's partner not at fault
Iran releases US journalist Rezaian, 3 others in swap
UK's Duchess of Cambridge to guest-edit Huffington Post
Sean Penn tells '60 Minutes' his 'El Chapo' mission 'failed'
Virginia, Missouri limit media access at state Capitols
Journalism groups decry lack of access to Virginia Senate
Media companies seek access to bridge lane closure case list
Cable news network Al Jazeera America to shut down
EU opens case against Poland over new media, court laws
New Media investment Group closes deal for Erie Times-News
Philadelphia newspapers, website handed off to new nonprofit
Rupert Murdoch announces engagement to Jerry Hall
Appeal seeks mental exam of media mogul Sumner Redstone