Community News Commons (CNC) is an exciting, new online media hub (www.cncwpg.org) authored by the Winnipeg community. All content on this dynamic, interactive website is created by you and your neighbours, sharing information to make Winnipeg and Manitoba a better place.
A grassroots public media project, CNC trains, engages and empowers citizen journalists to report local news and information and to tell meaningful, inspiring stories about the people, places and events that make up their community. Training and editorial mentorship are provided free of charge. This unique project reflects the growing advent of people’s journalism and provides an opportunity to develop a robust public media in Winnipeg. By helping establish a Community News Commons, The Winnipeg Foundation aims to foster a more informed and responsive community, encouraging people to share the stories that shape their neighbourhoods and thereby create a more involved and caring citizenry.
Local, inclusive and interactive, CNC is where Winnipeggers and Manitobans discuss ideas and issues important to their communities, providing insight into what matters most in their lives. The opportunity to be a citizen journalist – whether through print, video, audio, photography and the latest online technology – allows participants to improve their digital media skills while gaining valuable experience in the field of communications. CNC is an engaging and unique opportunity for young and old to not only be media consumers, but to also be content providers as part of a vibrant team of public journalists.
CNC is made possible by matching grants from The Winnipeg Foundation and Knight Foundation. The US-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports quality journalism, media innovation and the arts through several different granting programs. The Knight Community Information Challenge is a five-year, $24 million matching grant program for community and place-based foundations. The Winnipeg Foundation’s Community News Commons – a three year pilot project – is the first Canadian submission to receive a grant under this program.
As Community News Associate of Canada’s first Community News Commons, I welcome the opportunity to discuss how you can participate in this exciting new civic media project.