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Metro Atlanta’s public meetings are where local policy is shaped, and where residents can learn about and act on the systems that impact their lives. But many public meetings happen with no oversight or input from the public.


Launching early fall, Atlanta Documenters will train and pay metro Atlantans to attend and take notes at public meetings. Additionally, we’ll publish those fact-checked notes for everyone to use, and we’ll condense the most important information in a digestible format via our newsletter


Atlanta Documenters is part of the Documenters Network, a national network created by City Bureau in Chicago. Over the past four years, the Documenters Network has trained more than 1,700 people who have collectively covered more than 2,300 meetings. Atlanta Documenters is the first such program in the U.S. South.


Anyone can become a Documenter by filling out an application and attending an orientation.


Interested in becoming a Documenter? Fill out this form, and we’ll make sure to get in touch when applications open soon.


Questions? Email hello@canopyatlanta.org. Interested in working with us? We have a part-time position open now.


Launched in Chicago in 2016, the Documenters Network grows with new cities and regions each year. We’re harnessing communal power, together, by inspiring, connecting and supporting civic media producers across the U.S. 

The Documenters Network has trained more than 1,700 people across four cities to attend and annotate more than 2,300 government meetings, harnessing their collective knowledge, relationships, and capacity to create a powerful new information resource.

By developing process-driven resources, place-based models and participatory media technology—and by supporting others to develop their own—we’re working to support and establish community information hubs around the country, building inclusive and equitable civic ecosystems with local communities.