Listening for The Echo: How Our Students Are Stepping Into, Embracing Community Journalism

Amanda Bright, “Listening for The Echo: How Our Students Are Stepping Into, Embracing Community Journalism,” Teaching Journalism & Mass Communication, Vol. 12, no. 2 (2022), pp. 77-80 http://www.aejmc.us/spig/journal

Abstract: The idea started like this: a University of Georgia journalism course could take over the editorial side of the only news organization in neighboring Oglethorpe County—a weekly newspaper about to close its doors. When the department head asked about the concept, hatched by a UGA alum/newspaper group founder and our dean, we saw the depth in such an opportunity; we would turn a failing newspaper into a nonprofit learning lab to repair and benefit both local news and our students’ experiences with community journalism. This article overviews The experiences and lessons learned to date.