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Community Media and Design – Insight Journalism as a method for innovation

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Authors: Alicia Blum-Ross, John Mills, Paul Egglestone, David Frohlich
Abstract: This article details the benefits and challenges of Insight Journalism, a community
engagement and research methodology developed by the interdisciplinary Bespoke
project. Based in two under-resourced urban neighbourhoods in North West England,
Bespoke combined community media with participatory digital design by supporting
local residents to create a series of ‘old’ and ‘new’ media outputs that were exhibited
locally and used within an innovative design process. The digital designs inspired
by the journalism were then built by the Bespoke team and deployed within the local
area, where Insight Journalists evaluated their reception. Based on our experiences,
in this article, we argue that Insight Journalism can provide a vital space for exploring
salient civic and social issues, but must be understood as a process of building
relationships and competencies, as well as a set of products including the mediated
stories and digital designs that resulted from ongoing engagement.

Where: Journal of Media Practice
Publication date: 31/12/2013
Document: pdf