Growing Community Engagement at the Los Angeles Times

I joined the Los Angeles Times a year ago as a community engagement editor charged with bringing in new perspectives that reflect the diversity of our city and creating feedback loops with specific communities to inform what we covered.

I had an unusual situation where I was part of three teams: audience engagement/social media, education and a high school journalism initiative. Over the course of a year, our projects — including student immigration walkouts, closure of LAUSD, and Porter Ranch gas leak — experimented with different techniques to use digital tools to integrate readers into the reporting process, and to visually demonstrate their contributions.

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