the open newsroom

How Can News Better Serve You? Join The Open Newsroom

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THE CITY is launching a year-long project with the Brooklyn Public Library called The Open Newsroom. Our two organizations will convene 24 neighborhood meetings at six library branches over the next year to better understand how information finds its way to and through a community — and to explore how to make local news more collaborative.

We are teaming up with the Brooklyn Public Library because libraries and newsrooms are natural partners. We both aim to be hubs of information, conversation and community. And we both love New York.

THE CITY, the Brooklyn Public Library and the community members who join us will explore how to bring these three points together and use what we all learn to create a different model for sharing and participating in local news and information.

Sure, this sounds like a tall order. That’s why we’re holding so many meetings.

We will visit the same six libraries four times each, inviting the same folks back each time (and hopefully they’ll bring others). The meetings are open (and free) to everyone, of course.

The six libraries include: Brighton Beach, Flatbush, Marcy in Bedford-Stuyvesant, New Lots in East New York, New Utrecht in Bensonhurst and Red Hook.

In the first set of events, we will get to know each other. We want to understand what’s important to you, and how you get and share information. Some of the things we’ll ask:

• Whose information do you trust more: TV or your best friend?

• Is Facebook your only news feed? Let’s talk about that.

• Does the only news you need come from the weather report? (Thank you Simon and Garfunkel for that line.)

And while these questions might seem a little flip, we think they’ll help us figure out how we can improve the quality and quantity of information your community receives.

Here are the dates for the first set of The Open Newsrooms and where you can RSVP:

• Red Hook: July 9, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sign up here or text “Red Hook” to (646) 374-2576.

• Marcy: July 11, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sign up here or text “Marcy” to (646) 374-2576.

• New Lots: July 13, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sign up here or text “New Lots” to (646) 374-2576.

The first set of The Open Newsrooms have passed. We have many more meetings in Brooklyn planned. If you’d like to get involved on the next round, please email opennewsroom@thecity.nyc or text us at (646) 374-2576.

We’ll hold the second set of sessions for Red Hook, Marcy and New Lots in August, on dates to be determined. Meetings at Brighton, Flatbush and New Utrecht will start in September.

Note: We plan to expand this initiative throughout the city. So, if you can’t make any of the above Open Newsrooms, but would like to work with us on one, please fill out this form below and we’ll be in touch.

If you have any other thoughts or ideas about The Open Newsroom — whether it be moderating a meeting, resources to share, tips for outreach — you can leave feedback in this form as well.