BridgeDetroit is a newsroom on a mission! We are on a journey to hear Detroiters tell us what their top priorities are so that we can tailor our journalism to provide information, solutions, and accountability in accordance with those priorities. The model is new, our newsroom is new but the staff’s commitment to the people of Detroit is not! We are delivering News For Detroiters By Detroiters. The community engagement process is iterative and will continue! Take a look at our first Community Priorities Model Progress Report here.
BridgeDetroit is developing a Community Priorities Model that will continually engage Detroiters to identify and prioritize the issues that challenge their understanding of and connection to vital civic information.
The Community Priorities Model will take in information from a number of sources (e.g., surveys, polling, publicly available data, social media) and refine it into a quarterly report that will guide the responsive work of BridgeDetroit’s journalists and influence the work of other local media organizations.
BridgeDetroit’s ongoing in-person and digital engagement activities with Detroiters will also be determined according to the results of the Community Priorities Model and the journalism it produces.
In the challenging circumstances surrounding Covid-19, BridgeDetroit has launched in advance of completing the work of the Community Priorities Model. To guide our work until the Community Priorities Model can be completed, we have turned to a list of “Community Critical Information Needs” developed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a 2012 report. These eight categories encompass the information necessary for community members “to live safe and healthy lives; have full access to educational, employment, and business opportunities; and to fully participate in the civic and democratic lives of their communities should they choose.” The categories are:
- Emergencies and risks (COVID-19)
- Health and welfare
- Jobs and economic opportunities
- Civic and community information
- Political and public policy information