The Listening Post Collective is recruiting for an Information Ecosystem Assessment Lead to conduct research on the information ecosystem and information needs of families in the cities of Riverside and San Bernardino.
This Inland Empire project seeks to innovate and support the two-way flow of information between residents and news and information providers. That goal is for communities that often go uncovered and uninformed to have their voices heard by those making decisions in and for their community, and have access to hyper local information that will allow them to make better informed decisions for themselves and their families.
The three goals and timeline of this project are as follows:
The Assessment Lead for this project will be responsible for:
The Assessment Lead will adapt the Listening Post Collective Playbook to inform the process and will use mixed methods/qualitative research to explore the information needs and main sources of information of the community. The objective of this assessment is to inform the design of a community news project which will ultimately address critical information needs.
About Listening Post Collective:
Information poverty and inequality—where citizens have limited or no access to high-quality, local information—limits freedom of expression and reduces informed choice. To address this, the Listening Post Collective, works to ensure underserved communities are represented in and have access to news and information that improves their lives. Since 2013, Listening Post Collective has supporting community media initiatives in regions across the country.
During our most recent project in Fresno, CA, we conducted an information ecosystem assessment in South Fresno and nearby rural communities Our aim was to take stock of how residents get and share news; listen to their priorities and understand how coverage of those issues impacts their ability to thrive. We also wanted to learn from grassroots news-sharing projects that fill information gaps, despite a lack of resources and formal training.
Our final report was based on more than 60 interviews with community leaders and media makers, eight community listening sessions and nearly 600 surveys with residents. Four community liaisons attended job fairs, swapmeets, schools, church services, grocery stores and more to do this listening. You can check out the full report, summary Twitter thread and our three new grantees here.
If you have any questions or are interested in applying for this position, please email the Listening Post Collective team at listeningpostcollective AT internews DOT org.