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Explore the Toolkit


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Explore the Toolkit


A Listening Post toolkit will be available soon!


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Build Your Own


Ain't gonna lie: Starting a Listening Post in your community takes time, and commitment. But we're here to help you along the way. Are you ready to take

Build Your Own


Ain't gonna lie: Starting a Listening Post in your community takes time, and commitment. But we're here to help you along the way. Are you ready to take

How to Build Your Own Listening Post:

  1. Listen. Spread out in the community, go to events, visit libraries, sit at barbershops, walk through neighborhoods, and see what kinds of conversations are going on.
  2. Collect data. Collect datafrom community members on their information sharing habits.
  3. Identify/Establish Listening Posts. Pick some data driven listening post locations and information outreach methods.
  4. Topics/Questions. Make a list of topics that are important to the community, develop engaging community outreach questions around them.
  5. Engage. Pick a topic you want to create a conversation around, and distribute some questions via your listening posts. Make sure you share these questions in both offline and online locations.
  6. Share outcome. Create a two-way conversation, collect peoples thoughts and responses and then share them online, offline, through the radio, etc.
  7. Evaluate/Innovate. Take stock of what worked and what didn’t, and try some new approaches. Fail forward!

More detailed information.

Make a Survey

Name:

Age:

Part of New Orleans where you stay:

  1. List what you think are the 3 main topics or issues that most impact your community.
  2. Where do you and your family go for news about your community? List all the different ways.
  3. If I want to reach you with important news, what's the BEST way to reach you?
  4. What devices do you have in your home to get and share information? List them all.

Make a Sign

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Join our Network


People around the world are building listening posts. Join the movement to make media more representative and accountable to the communities it's meant to serve.

Join our Network


People around the world are building listening posts. Join the movement to make media more representative and accountable to the communities it's meant to serve.

Current Listening Post Communities

New Orleans

The Listening Post New Orleans uses cell phones, public signs, and roving recording devices to capture and share voices, information, and opinions from around New Orleans. The goal is to create and expand conversations around important local issues.

This New Orleans based community media project was created by reporter Jesse Hardman in partnership with Internews,GroundSource, and WWNO.

Macon, GA. 

The Listening Post Macon is a new, community-driven news service in Macon, Georgia run out of the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University. We want to give everyone in Macon a chance to have their voice heard so we can all understand our community better. 

Jersey Shore

The Listening Post Jersey Shore is part of the Jersey Shore Hurricane News outlet.   JSHN is a two-way news outlet, news for the people, by the people. JSHN covers news, traffic, and weather in Ocean and Monmouth Counties. News you can use.
Since its inception in the days preceding Hurricane Irene, JSHN has evolved into covering news, traffic, weather, and community oriented information throughout New Jersey, 

JSHN's overarching objective to report real-time news -- as it's happening. JSHN prides itself in original, accurate reporting and investigative work as well as gathering and curating tips from our contributors.

Interested? Send us some information:

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