The online media source Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service has been operating for three years, with support from places such as the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative, United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee, and Marquette University.
Among outlet’s missions has been to cover hyperlocal neighborhood stories that are often missed by larger publications with broader scopes.
But has that ambition been realized? And how does the Neighborhood News Service itself figure into the work of community building?
"While there’s nothing dramatic about it, there is evidence that what’s being reported on NNS is being carried over from neighborhood to neighborhood to neighborhood," says Herbert Lowe.
Lowe is the Professional In Residence and Director of Journalism for Social Change at Marquette University’s Diedrich College of Communication. The news service was the topic of his recently completed master’s thesis. And he’s with us in the studio, along with journalism professor John Pauly and NNS Editor-in-Chief Sharon McGowan.