Columnist Jean Cunningham (front left) staffs the Evanston RoundTable booth with CFO Karen Larkin Young (center) and Marketing Manager Carolyn Lvoff at the Evanston Farmers Market in June. Credit: Evan Girard

The RoundTable is thrilled to announce its participation in the second annual Advancing Democracy Fellowship, where 20 newsrooms covering communities across the country will participate in workshops and training from the Solutions Journalism Network, Hearken and Trusting News.

Over the next nine months, RoundTable reporters and editors will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts about shifting the news narrative from problems to potential solutions identified by our local community.

“The program includes training, coaching, peer support and a stipend that all support innovative news coverage,” fellowship facilitators wrote in their online announcement about the next cohort of participating newsrooms. “The goal is for newsrooms to adopt practices that address our democracy’s challenges by helping news organizations build civic engagement, equity and healthy discourse.”

During biweekly sessions from this week through the end of the calendar year, RoundTable staff will get the chance to learn the Citizens Agenda approachsolutions journalism, Asset-Framing®, ethics and building trust with audiences.

Each of the organizations running the fellowship is centered around rebuilding local news in the United States through investments in audience engagement, covering underserved communities and establishing a healthy dialogue between the newsroom and its surrounding community.

In alphabetical order, all 20 news organizations joining the fellowship this year are:

  1. Bay City News Foundation – California
  2. Better Government Association– Illinois
  3. Cedar Rapids Gazette – Iowa
  4. Chattanooga Times Free Press – Tennessee
  5. Chicago Public Media – Illinois
  6. Conecta Arizona – Arizona
  7. Dallas Free Press – Texas
  8. Detroit Free Press – Michigan
  9. El Comercio de Colorado – Colorado
  10. Evanston RoundTable – Illinois
  11. Fort Worth Report – Texas
  12. KUNR Public Radio – Nevada
  13. La Raza Chicago – Illinois
  14. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Wisconsin
  15. Outlier Media – Michigan
  16. Planet Detroit – Michigan
  17. The Capital Times – Wisconsin
  18. The Current – Louisiana
  19. USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau – Ohio
  20. WUWM Radio – Wisconsin

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...

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