9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  February 29, 2020
Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington – 311 S. Lincoln Street

How does journalism work? How can you play a part in supporting a healthy and vibrant local news media environment?  You’re invited to a Monroe County community conversation about these sort of questions and more.

This free, daylong “Making the News” event on February 29 will feature presentations and discussions with journalists about the newsgathering process and how journalism might better serve you and your fellow Hoosiers. Spaces for the event are limited. You can also participate by just taking a survey.

What is this conversation about?

The February 29 event is designed to further strengthen the relationship between Monroe Country residents and local news media, to offer insights about the inner workings of journalism and to consider how members of the local community can play a part in supporting a strong local media environment—in southern Indiana and beyond. This forum is part of a research study designed to examine public perceptions of journalism in Indiana.

The February 29 gathering at the Boys & Girls Club on Lincoln Street will include presentations and discussions with journalists, editors and journalism educators. It will cover questions such as: How do newsrooms make decision about what is “news”? How do journalists know what they know? How do journalists conduct investigations? How can local journalism better serve your community? How can you play a part supporting a healthy media environment?

What would involvement in the event entail?

You’ll complete a preliminary online survey,  attend the daylong February 29 “Making the News” event, and then complete a feedback questionnaire at the end of the day’s program of activities. Each of the questionnaires will likely take about 15 minutes to complete. You’ll receive a $40 Visa gift card and a catered lunch for taking part in this forum. Spaces for the event are limited, so you should register in advance of February 29.

Who is eligible?

Participants must be at least 18 years old and have primary residence in the Monroe County region (or at least reside within 10 miles of Monroe County).

How can I get started?

Follow the link below to learn more details about this initiative, to indicate your interest in attending the February 29 event and to complete a pre-event survey. Taking the online survey will complete your registration. We will contact you by email shortly thereafter. If you do not have Internet access for the survey, you may leave a voicemail (812-287-9930) or email (newsmsch@iu.edu) to have a registration form/survey mailed to you.

Event Registration and/or Take Survey

What if I can’t make it to the Feb. 29 event?

You can still participate and make your voice heard! Just follow the survey link on this page and, when prompted, indicate you are not able to attend the event. Upon completion of the survey, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $40 gift card. Four gift cards will be awarded. Based on the participation of (for example) 150 people, the chances of winning a drawing would be about 1 in 37.

Who is facilitating the event?

The community-based event is supported by funding from Indiana University’s Arts and Humanities Council and the New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities Program. The community partners for the event include the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County, WFHB Community Radio, Indiana Public Media stations WTIU and WFIU, the Bloomington Press Club, the Bloomington Rotary Club, the Herald-Times, IU’s Media School and others.