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How Can News Better Serve You? Join The Open Newsroom

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Updated Oct. 21, 2019.

Round four of The Open Newsroom — our year-long project with the Brooklyn Public Library to work with communities to make local news more collaborative — is coming soon!

While you wait for that, check out our special pop-up edition of The Open Newsroom on special education in partnership with Chalkbeat.

It’s Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Central Branch of Brooklyn Public Library. Sign up here.

The meetings will mark the latest of 24 planned neighborhood get-togethers at six library branches. Part of the idea is to better understand how information finds its way to and through a community.

In the first two rounds, more than 160 people joined us to discuss what neighborhood issues matter most to them. Topics that came up repeatedly included: affordable housing, access to transportation, access to fresh food (and other food-related issues), safety concerns and education.

We are teaming 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.

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.