Library staff and journalists share a similar goal: build well-informed communities. Both fields are also undergoing similar challenges, particularly in smaller centers, which have seen a steady decline in local news reporting. In the United States, however, public library staff have been finding ways of participating in civic journalism activities to keep their communities informed. We recently examined public libraries across Canada to discover if any were involved in journalistic activities during the 2019 federal election campaign. During this session, we will share our results, present the principles of civic journalism, and provide ideas for how you could use your information skills to better inform your community.
Extra! Extra! Read All About It: Creating Civic Journalism at Your Library