What kind of in formation does your community need?
We're at an informational crossroads, with newspapers folding, journalists changing the way they cover stories and online media becoming more ever-present by the day.
As part of PBS, we think it's important to be a part of the conversation around this media shift, particularly at the local level. How do your communities exchange information?
The Knight Foundation (an Engage funder) and the Aspen Institute have partnered up to gather a commission to discuss and develop ideas about this very thing - recommendations around the information needs of communities in a democracy. Ted Olson, former Solicitor General of the United States, and Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Product and User Experience at Google are already part of the discussion. The commission will produce a white paper to explain their findings.
As part of the process of information gathering, Aspen is opening up a period of public feedback around the information needs of communities, and it has teamed up with PBS Engage to help gather these thoughts.
So how can your station get involved? Simple. We want to ask our local communities what they think about getting information in the digital age. We want to hear what the public thinks about the quality of information we receive from various sources.
If you have a blog, Facebook page, Twitter account or other means of communication with your community, we propose that you pose questions to them about how they receive information about your area. Ask for feedback about the changes we are seeing right now. Throw out a few questions to guide the comments. Where do you get your news? Have the sources changed? Is news more or less informative than it used to be, thanks to technological advances? How could we, as a community, share information better?
If you do host a conversation, please let us know so that we can point to you on the Engage Web site.