Local democracy literacy & public interest journalism

Notes to accompany the Exeter Observer community journalism training course.

Local democracy literacy

Meaningful democratic deliberation/participation becoming more difficult in increasingly complex multi-layered world. What can be done?

James Fishkin’s necessary characteristics of legitimate deliberation:

Thus deliberative discussion is:

NB lay citizens participate in decision-making processes

Robert Putnam - Making Democracy Work (1993):

Local public interest journalism

Local public interest journalism also breaks major stories:

BUT legacy local news in significant decline:

cf.

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