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 approach, solutions 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:
- Bay City News Foundation – California
- Better Government Association– Illinois
- Cedar Rapids Gazette – Iowa
- Chattanooga Times Free Press – Tennessee
- Chicago Public Media – Illinois
- Conecta Arizona – Arizona
- Dallas Free Press – Texas
- Detroit Free Press – Michigan
- El Comercio de Colorado – Colorado
- Evanston RoundTable – Illinois
- Fort Worth Report – Texas
- KUNR Public Radio – Nevada
- La Raza Chicago – Illinois
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Wisconsin
- Outlier Media – Michigan
- Planet Detroit – Michigan
- The Capital Times – Wisconsin
- The Current – Louisiana
- USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau – Ohio
- WUWM Radio – Wisconsin