Supporting newsrooms in advancing democracy

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Announcing the 2022 Democracy SOS Fellowship Newsrooms

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Newsrooms from across the country applied to transform political coverage as part of the Democracy SOS fellowship. We are thrilled to welcome the inaugural cohort, listed below. Together, they will experiment with new ways to strengthen democracy by working with and for the communities they serve.

Atlanta Civic Circle - Georgia
Charlottesville Tomorrow - Virginia
El Paso Matters - Texas
Enlace Latino - North Carolina
KPFT-FM - Texas
KUNR Public Radio - Nevada
Latino News Network - Northeast & Midwest
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Wisconsin
QCity Metro - North Carolina
The Arizona Republic - Arizona
The Chicago Reader - Illinois
The Cleveland Observer - Ohio
The Kansas City Star - Missouri & Kansas
The Land - Ohio
The Nevada Independent - Nevada
The San Fernando Valley Sun/ El Sol Newspaper - California
The Texas Tribune - Texas
Wisconsin Watch - Wisconsin
WITF - Pennsylvania
WUSF Public Media - Florida
WXIA - Georgia
Wyofile - Wyoming

Politicians have figured out how journalists work, and we haven’t adequately changed to meet the moment.”

This fellowship is a joint initiative created by Hearken and Solutions Journalism Network.

Solutions Journalism Network (SJN): While journalists focus most of their coverage on what’s gone wrong, SJN seeks to rebalance the news by equipping journalists to investigate and explain, in a critical and clear-eyed way, how people are trying to solve social problems. Since its founding in 2013, SJN has worked with more than 600 news organizations and 25,000 journalists worldwide through in-person workshops and online resources and webinars.

Hearken helps organizations embed stakeholder listening into their growth and operations to build more resilient companies and communities. Hearken has shown that listening leads to stronger relationships, deeper engagement and better decisions, and enables individuals to make an outsize positive impact in the world. In 2020, Hearken worked in collaboration with more than two dozen civic organizations (including SJN) to stand up and deliver Election SOS, which supported journalists in responding to critical election information needs.

For questions about the program and curricula, contact:

For questions about supporting the program, contact: Elizabeth Share.

Participation is free of charge, thanks to the generous support of our funders