RELEVANCE PROJECT: COMMUNITY FORUM

A major focus of The Relevance Project is to enlist newspapers to adopt THE Community Forum as a transformative strategy.

The initiative received a big boost when it was pinned as the theme of this year's National Newspaper Week (Oct. 3-9), which once again was orchestrated by Newspaper Association Managers. The Relevance Project is an initiative of NAM, which counts the Louisiana Press Association as a vital member.

The Community Forum is the ultimate definition of Relevance. In essence, its goal is to enlighten our democracy by boosting trust in newspapers, improving a community's news literacy and helping localities find explore issues and find solutions to problems.

To learn more about the Community Forum, you'll find on www.relevanceproject.net several new RELEVANT POINTS that explain the strategy and how to launch a series of civil, civic conversations on issues of importance.

Among them:

RELEVANCE 101: HOW TO PLAN A COMMUNITY FORUM

COMMUNITY FORUM: STEP BY STEP ADVICE

MOMENTUM BUILDS FOR THE COMMUNITY FORUM

EXCUSES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES

It's a great time for associations and member newspapers to roll out THE Community Forum in their states, provinces and respective markets.

There's no only one way to do this, though my recommended approach is based on the humble experience of moderating 78 civil, civic conversations in Richmond, VA, called the Public Square.

For the Community Forum to transform our beloved newspaper industry, we need a few good pioneers. Check out this Relevant Point.