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“We were able to demystify this black box, this algorithm that had very scary connotations, and break it down into what ended up being a very simple linear model.”
“We wanted to focus on neighborhoods and we wanted to have a membership model. We didn’t get to do it our way at DNA, at least on the business side. So we said, ‘Let’s just do it our way now.'”
Chicago’s City Bureau is betting on local residents doing this sort of low-key not-quite-journalism at meetings, and now it’s expanding the model to Detroit.
“There are a lot of ways to define ‘community.’ We know it can be built around geography. But there should also be a community of people who care about climate, a community of people who care about criminal justice.”
“I think the keys to making this kind of small operation work are collegiality, responsiveness, and flexibility.”
“We’re trying to empower folks to make their own decisions, and that requires that we get them the right information.”
“In the news business there’s often this idea that you have to go out and affect tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands or more people with your publication. That’s not our mission.”
“It’s very easy today to be click-driven and produce articles that don’t have a lot of substance or depth and don’t cost that much to produce, but that dynamic is disappointing for fans who want higher-quality content.”
“We have so many friends in this city doing great things, but there hasn’t been the right platform for them to break through.”
17 projects will receive a total of $3.2 million to track police misconduct, improve the FOIA process, and more.