I've just designed and printed these worksheets for my interactive workshop at the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit this week in Chattanooga, Tenn. I'm pretty excited to try them out. The basic idea is for participants to identify the issues local news always covers and see how that lines up (or doesn't) with what they'd highlight as issues in their neighborhood or communities.
This idea came out of a youth workshop with my Baltimore students who didn't like what was portrayed on cable news about their motivations and where they live after the 2015 Uprising following Freddie Gray's death while in BPD custody.
It's not at all an indictment of the media. It's an exploration of what people find most important affecting their daily lives on which news outlets sometimes don't have the capacity to focus. I'd genuinely like to know what is the story of places as told by residents.