Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Why it's time to rethink beat reporting

Traditional beat reporting means finding your sources, checking in for new information and reporting the stories you find. But is that the best way to meet the community's needs?

Margaret Looney | January 29, 2013

Journalists, technologists join forces to fill Morocco's digital information gap

Online journalist Chama Darchoul founded Hacks/Hackers chapters in Rabat and Casablanca in partnership with digital strategist Ayman Salah, a Knight International Journalism Fellow.

Alaa Chehayeb | January 21, 2013

Why journalists should value community over audience

For entrepreneurial journalists, building a community rather than an audience offers more options for financial support through memberships and sponsorships.

James Breiner | January 14, 2013

How citizens use mobile news to inform their communities in Indonesia

In West Borneo, Indonesia, palm oil farmers monitor big business and send the news they find to their fellow farmers via mobile phones. This fills an information void in a poor, rural community too often ignored by the country's mainstream media.

Jessica Weiss | December 27, 2012

Five tips for transmedia storytelling

With readers juggling their tablets, mobile phones, laptops and more as they consume the news, journalists have an opportunity to create a new kind of story.

Margaret Looney | December 18, 2012

Five ways to make your video go viral

In IJNet’s latest live chat, YouTube’s Jessica Mason offered tips on making videos go viral. Here are a few standout techniques.

Margaret Looney | December 12, 2012

Five types of stories that drive Facebook engagement

NPR conducted a Facebook experiment to see which kinds of local stories get liked, shared or commented on most often. Here are five story types that stood out.

Margaret Looney | December 05, 2012

How to harness the power of mobile voice for news

A diverse group of journalists, technologists and media entrepreneurs from around the world looked at how to tap the full potential of mobile voice for citizen engagement.

Ben Colmery | October 30, 2012

Social media etiquette for journalists: how the rules have changed

Some practices that were frowned upon in the early days of social media engagement are no longer verboten.

Maite Fernandez | September 26, 2012

Manage your Twitterverse with streamlined tool

Social media is about having conversations. Journalists who talk but don't have the time to listen or respond to readers will quickly find the monologue pretty boring. is a simple tool for writers who don't need to go overboard with bells and whistles to better engage their readers on Twitter and follow news stories.

Nicole Martinelli | September 12, 2012