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Peter Pula

Media shift towards civic communications is worth appreciating
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Over the past two weeks, the journalistic stance of media here in Canada, and I suspect other countries, has been changing in a manner worth appreciating.

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Start with what brings each journalist alive
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If one wanted to create a democratic and engaged newsroom the place to start is with what interests each journalist specifically. Find out what about their community is most important to them personally, what they care the most about.

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Peterborough, Ontario residents peruse a mock-up of a May, 2021 issue of Electric City Magazine at an All Citizens Meeting hosted by the magazine in July. The headlines and accompanying blurbs were created by local residents during an earlier All Citizens Meeting. Photo credit: Amber Pula

Magazine hosts citizen gatherings, features ‘future’ news, proposes Citizens’ Manifesto, crowd-funds

On August 11, the Peterborough, Ont.-based arts and culture publication, Electric City Magazine, hosted its fourth monthly All Citizens Meeting. During the first gathering, which took place in spring, the magazine invited candidates for the Oct. 22 municipal Council election to act as keynote listeners. The 45 or so people who came were invited to connect with one another and to share what was important to them. Participants also created a rendering of what they would like to read in the May 2021 edition of the magazine.