Could a local library … that’s already a community hub … that people trust … also be the place for local news?
The article definitely shows that it could be a possibility! From the article, it looks like some libraries have done some limited experiments to show that it can, in fact, work.
Heck – my library has talked about doing some form of that (in passing – no actual projects!).
But it kinda makes sense. Many libraries already focus on a community’s history. They even keep a vertical file of interesting tidbits of information and history, just in case. So – we have the past covered.
How about the present? We’re already connected (or should be, anyway) to a lot of the non profits, chambers of commerce, city and county governments, action committees, etc. in town. We know at least some of the local movers and shakers.
So … we’re already connected to many of the organizations that know what’s going on in town. Possibly the next step is meeting with some of those people and organizations, and pulling that “what’s happening” story out of them.
We wouldn’t need to cover car accidents, road closures, crime, etc. Leave that to the evening news. But how about the good news in town? The “what’s happening next week” news? The “here’s what’s coming next year” type of news?
We just might be able to pull that off – because we already have those connections. We just need writers. And some of us already know how to do that, as well. Or we can hire writers and journalists to do it for us. Or it could be in a video format. That works too!
Assuming you’re able to hire, and can shift some jobs to do something new. I know – some big “ifs” there!
Could libraries pull this off? Maybe so. Definitely something to think about!
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