The Funded Project:
Partner with the local library for “On the Fence,” a conversation series aimed at building trust, connection and civic engagement in Douglas, Arizona, where a new port of entry has polarized and divided the community.
In Their Own Words:
Spaceship has a track record of creating meaningful conversations about the most polarizing issues in our nation: guns, immigration, abortion. In On the Fence, we will convene a conversation in Douglas, Arizona about the construction of the new port of entry slated to replace the exisiting Raúl Héctor Castro Port of Entry.
The proposed port has polarized the community, tapping into deep divisions about immigration, economic growth and development.
We’re keen to learn:
- How Dialogue Journalism can be adapted to build a replicable model for serving local news deserts, creating a more productive public square and meeting the information needs of people in underserved communities.
- How we can build trust, connection and civic engagement in news deserts and develop that model to work in other underserved communities.
- How we can catalyze and sustain a new news cycle, one that begins with questions and issues that arise from community dialogue across difference.
- How partnership with the library and other community organizations can support the creation and distribution of reporting and information.
Best case scenario: We create and support meaningful conversation about the port, report and distribute content directly in response to community questions, create a replicable model for news deserts.