Meet Daily Freeman-Journal, a recipient of this year’s Facebook Journalism Project Community Network Grant, and learn more about their funded project.

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The Funded Project:

Through partnerships, the Freeman Journal will offer visual storytelling and community workshops with the goal of building a team of citizen photojournalists. Community forums will tackle conversations about media literacy, accurate visual representation and role of the media in rural Iowa.

In Their Own Words:

We want to improve our storytelling abilities through better photos, video, and words. We believe this will increase our circulation, increase our presence in the community, and reach out to new underserved members of our community. Webster City and Hamilton County has a growing Hispanic/Latino and Asian population. We want to learn more about how we can build trust and better serve those populations to share their stories.

We have partnered with several local organizations as well as a world-class photojournalist who will serve a three-month residency with the newspaper. Brendan Hoffman will help improve photo skills of the newsroom staff and will also offer free photography classes to the community. Through this effort, we hope to build a team of citizen photojournalists who can help us share more stories of rural Iowa.

We will hold community forums, based on a model like the Listening Post Collective. This will encourage conversations about the role of the news media, journalistic practice, and visual representation, with the goal of more community support for the local media and improved media literacy.

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