In local news, it can be tough to strike the right balance between time spent working in the newsroom and time spent out in the communities you cover. The latter is crucial to painting an accurate picture of your coverage area, and a 2019 Gallup poll found that people who have more direct contact with their local news organizations tend to have higher levels of trust in media.
At the end of October, Honolulu Civil Beat announced that it would host pop-up newsrooms at public libraries across the state, bringing groups of staffers to work from the libraries. The hope was that it would give Hawaii residents a chance to learn about how Civil Beat works, and let Civil Beat staffers learn about issues important to communities around the state.
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