Facilitate communities

What

Instead of focussing on the audience as one big group in one big conversation, allow the audience to gather in smaller communities based on interests or geography on sub pages on social media, and be the facilitator of dialogue there.

Why

The conversation gets better. You get a constructive backing band, that will give you feedback on the covering of these issues. You have a direct channel to communicate with the part of the audience specifically interested in these matters, and they can help with ideas, research and possible sources and new angles.

When

When both you and a smaller part of the audience could benefit from a closer dialogue on a specific topic or area.

Be aware of

More commentary sections to moderate. Also, when you build trust and a closer relationship, you need to maintain it and give something back. You are spending a lot of time on a smaller part of the audience to build trust, a closer relationship and more nuanced perspectives. This will of course take time from the work you could do on the main channels. Also, the risk of echo chambers.

Tips for students

This is also a way to gather an interested audience for the journalism you produce.

Possible tools

FB-groups or sites, a whatsapp chat or a physical meetup.

Who

Aarhus Stiftstidende – Tobias Heede Niebuhr

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