In this episode of “Restore KC”, we will be discussing Community Journalism and how it differs from the local television news. Our guests are Mike Bushnell (Publisher) and Abby Hoover (Managing Editor) of the Northeast News. The Northeast News is an award winning, Community Journalism outlet that has served Kansas City’s Historic Northeast community since 1932.
Community Journalism is important to the overall health and vitality of Kansas City neighborhoods. Since the year 2,000, over 250 small, locally owned newsrooms have shuttered their operations, leaving communities without a locally centered news source that covers micro-local news such as church fish fries, local school board activity or boy scout chili dinners. Larger news outlets traditionally don’t or won’t cover those events because they’re more about “if it bleeds, it leads,” ratings centered news.