Lockwood, an award-winning education and general-assignment reporter, is looking for advice on how to start a non-profit online news and community site for southeastern Wisconsin. She wants to focus on providing the context and background that dailies are being forced by economics to abandon.
One idea Lockwood is pursuing -- what do we mean by "participatory democracy?" She worries that it isn't enough to just vote anymore, that citizens "need to show up" at public meetings.
To learn more about her plans, listen to a 16-minute interview with Bill Densmore of the Media Giraffe Project and Matt Thompson, a 2008-2009 Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute fellow. You can listen to the audio stream by clicking on the carat to the right of the bar below, or download an MP3 podcast for offline listening. (15:26 mins., 3.7MB) There's also text of parts of the inteview.
CONTACT: Denise Lockwood, Racine, Wis., firstname.lastname@example.org / Phone: 262-639-6475.