Covering Communities in a Time of Change: Reporting With Patchwork Nation

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October 21, 2010 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Covering Communities in a Time of Change: Reporting With Patchwork Nation
Originally Broadcast On:
October 21, 2010
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

Thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, we are able to offer this $27.95 Webinar for $9.95.

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Dig deeper, expand your research, and uncover more information about communities across the country. Learn how to use a one-stop-shopping website that will help you broaden or narrow the scope of your stories.

Patchwork Nation is an online project that brings data and community-contributed content together. It will help you and your news organization understand the dramatic economic, political and cultural changes in the U.S.

This Webinar will help you use this free interactive reporting tool to analyze demographics and community-contributed stories side-by-side.

Patchwork Nation is a Knight Foundation-funded collaboration that includes the PBS NewsHour, the Christian Science Monitor, WNYC radio and Politico.

What Will I Learn:
  • The Patchwork Nation types of voter communities
  • How these breakdowns can be used by other media organizations to better understand their audiences and engage them
  • How to use the tools Patchwork Nation makes available to reporters, producers and editors
Who Should Take this Course:

Reporters, producers, editors and others who want to tell better stories about their communities.

Course Instructor:

Dante Chinni

Dante Chinni is the director of the Patchwork Nation project, a Knight Foundation-funded collaboration including the PBS NewsHour, the Christian Science Monitor, WNYC radio and Politico that studies politics, socio-economics and culture in a time of change.

Patchwork Nation won a 2009 Knight Batten Award for journalistic innovation and will be the focus of the upcoming book “Our Patchwork Nation” from Gotham, an imprint of Penguin, to be published this fall.

Training Partner:

Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change.

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