Curbing the decline of local news through engaged journalism


Faced with declining revenue and loss of public trust, local newsrooms across the U.S. are struggling to stay afloat. Practicing engaged journalism, where newsrooms build relationships with their audience by responding to community concerns, can offer a lifeline.

A new study published by Center for Media Engagement Director Talia Stroud and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Assistant Professor Emily Van Duyn examines the effect of a form of engaged journalism where newsrooms report on audience-submitted questions via the Hearken platform. The results show that engaged journalism can not only strengthen the relationship between a newsroom and its community but can also provide much-needed revenue.

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