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Editors of The Elkhart Truth discuss community journalism, what goes into decisions and other issues facing Elkhart County and the surrounding area.



The Elkhart Truth invites you to join new reader panel

Listening to the community is key to The Elkhart Truth’s mission – that’s why we’re forming a panel of readers to tell us what we’re doing wrong, what we’re doing right and how we can better serve Elkhart County.

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 8:40 p.m.

We always need our readers – but now we need them in a new way.

The Elkhart Truth is forming a reader panel to discuss how we’re doing and to help us improve. The idea is to gather readers, along with those who don’t use us much for their news, to talk once a month about the newspaper, the website, Flavor 574 and Truth Radio 1340.

A community news organization has to listen to the community it covers. We want the panel’s members to come to the Truth offices for these meetings and tell us what they think. We’ll also share what we’re working on and use the group as a sounding board for new projects and ideas.

 

Does this gig pay?

No, but we’ll feed you.

How do I apply?

You can fill out the survey below, and we’ll consider it your application for the group. You can also call Ann Elise Taylor, our community engagement manager, at 574-296-5826, and she’ll take some information from you.

What will we discuss?

The group will get to learn more about the Truth’s operations, from how it serves advertisers to how coverage decisions are made. Customer service, content and new initiatives will all be part of this too.

What if I’m not picked for the first group?

We’ll need more people over time. Some people may serve a few months; others may serve longer. We want readers from all walks of life and from all over Elkhart County. We want people who love us a lot and those who don’t love us as much. So we’ll need more people who can join us as the group evolves.

When’s the first meeting?

We’ll gather one evening before Labor Day.




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