A group of members who follow your editorial process with whom you can discuss how to move forward. They can be a large panel of members of the audience or a group of experts in the field or the topic you are investigating. In can be 5 people, 25 people or even 1000 selected people from your audience.
To make sure you don’t miss out on important knowledge, experiences, questions or angles to your story.
If you work with complex stories several brains work more than one.
Be aware of
Members might want to push their own agenda. You are still the journalist and have the editorial responsibility.
Communicate with your backing group via e-mail, invite them to zoom-meetings, ask them to share their knowledge with you in a typeform.