The Daily American of West Frankfort, Ill., keeps its readers connected with former residents of the community.
WHAT THEY DID: The Daily American reaches out to individuals and families who have moved from the southern Illinois area and gives them a chance to reconnect with the community through a Q&A. All a participant needs to do is download the questionnaire, fill it out and email it back to the newspaper along with a photo. Questions focus on everything from the individual’s fondest memories of the area to hobbies.
THE TAKEAWAY: The community partner journalism feature is a good way to keep readers engaged with the paper and the community. It is always interesting to catch up with old friends and acquaintances, especially in smaller communities where relationships and bonds are created early in life. The format provides people an opportunity to tell their story.