Meet Soapbox Cincinnati, a recipient of this year’s Facebook Journalism Project Community Network Grant, and learn more about their funded project.
For more information about the FJP Community Network, visit: https://facebookjournalismproject.com/programs/community-network/
The Funded Project:
Continue work in our embedded journalism series, On The Ground. On The Ground will implement Groundsource, Open Newsroom and community advisors to reach and engage an underreported neighborhood in creating their own community-driven narrative.
In Their Own Words:
Soapbox has produced On The Ground embedded journalism series in two underreported neighborhoods: Walnut Hills, Ohio, and Covington, Kentucky. Both communities benefited from the exposure raising their profile and awareness to local and national funders; developers and investors and to residents of the communities.
We tackled hard topics — like higher education for single African-American mothers, innovative community policing strategies, and a local Fortune 500 company shutting down a grocery store location that created a food desert in a low-income community — using a solutions journalism approach. Stories shared both the challenges faced and the different solutions the community was implementing through people and people-led initiatives. Other stories celebrated historical significance of a Green Book–listed African-American community or the welcoming of multiple ethnicities in an Appalachian community.
Soapbox seeks to accomplish a simple outcome: Change the narrative about a community. Underreported communities in our region get plenty of coverage via police scanners and court records yet hardly a mention about community gatherings and festivals, parks, local innovation, or strategic visioning. Negative reporting via clickbait media coupled with steeply diminished community reporting is holding back many of the Cincinnati regions’ primarily African-American and Appalachian neighborhoods.