9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 13
StoneGate Arts and Education Center, 931 15th St.

You’re invited to a Lawrence County community conversation about journalism and how it’s done.

This free, daylong event features discussions and presentations  with journalists about the newsgathering process and how journalism might better serve you and your fellow Hoosiers.

What is this conversation about?

Offering insights about the inner workings of journalism, this forum is part of a research study designed to explore public perceptions of journalism.

The community gathering will include presentations and discussions with local 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?

What would involvement in the event entail?

You’ll receive a $70 gift card (Walmart, Target or Amazon) for participating in the April 13 event and a $10 Amazon credit for completing a followup survey. Participation will involve filling out an online survey in advance of the event, attending the daylong April 13 event/focus group discussion, and completing a followup online questionnaire several weeks after the event.

Each of the related online surveys should take about 15 minutes to complete. A free catered lunch will be provided for registered attendees on April 13.

Who is eligible?

Participants must be at least 18 years old and have primary residence in the Bedford/Lawrence County region (within a roughly 15-20 mile radius of Bedford, Indiana). Because participation will involve completing several online surveys, all participants should also have computer access.

How can I get started?

Follow the link below to learn more details about the study, to indicate your agreement to participate, and to fill out a pre-event survey. This will serve as your registration. We will contact you by email shortly thereafter. Because space may be limited, you will need to register (on a first come first serve basis) in advance. For planning purposes, you should register for the “Making the News” event in advance of April 13.

Event Registration & Take Survey

What if I can’t make it to the April 13 event?

You can still make your voice heard!

Complete a 15-minute online survey about journalism, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card (Walmart, Target or Amazon). Based on the participation of 500 people, the chances of winning the drawing would be about 1 in 125.

Take Survey Only

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 IU’s Media School, the Center for Rural Engagement, Indiana Public Media stations WTIU and WFIU, Bedford’s Times-Mail newspaper, WBIW, the Bloomington Press Club and others.