About the Talk
As many grapple with how to build or repair relationships between news media and the public, this discussion will explore how to build trust in journalism at the local level. In her new book, Community-Centered Journalism, Andrea Wenzel puts forward a model for local news created for and with communities. The book examines cases of local news interventions that use elements of solutions journalism and engaged journalism practices in historically marginalized communities across the U.S. — from California to Illinois to Kentucky to Pennsylvania. In this conversation, we’ll hear how some are reimagining journalism to share power and better serve communities and consider the many questions that remain.
About the Speaker
Andrea Wenzel is an assistant professor at Temple University, fellow with Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, and co-founder of the Germantown Info Hub. She is the author of Community-Centered Journalism: Engaging People, Exploring Solutions, and Building Trust (University of Illinois Press, 2020). Her research focuses on initiatives to create more connected and equitable communities and newsrooms through community-centered and inclusive journalism. Prior to completing her Ph.D. at USC Annenberg, she spent 15 years as a radio producer at WBEZ and WAMU, and a trainer and project manager for organizations such as BBC Media Action and Internews in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, and Ghana.