Local communities help us choose story topics through listening conversations, phone calls, social media, and other engagement methods. A paid community editorial board helps us refine story topics.
To report those stories, we pay and train residents—our Journalism Fellows—to tell those community stories alongside experienced journalists through words, photos, audio, and more.
After we publish an issue, we share stories with the community through events, partnerships, printed materials, and more. We also continue to work with our fellows to support additional reporting in their communities.
Our mission is to equip metro Atlanta residents to tell stories about the issues their communities care about most. We help residents access information about their communities, and tell and share stories that truly reflect those communities.
Canopy Atlanta works with neighborhoods in metro Atlanta’s five core counties to tell stories through Community Issues. In our first two years, we worked in three communities – West End, Forest Park and Bankhead, and before that, piloted the concept in Pittsburgh. We talked to more than 200 community members about the stories they would like to see and trained 15 community members in journalism as Fellows, learning and reporting alongside more experienced journalists. After the stories were complete, we shared the issues online, through a print-run partnership, and via live events. We’re doing this same process in more Atlanta neighborhoods in 2022, plus launching a newsletter with stories that cover the region and focus on community voices.