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Atlanta Documenters take notes at public meetings across the five-county area. We publish those fact-checked notes for everyone to use.
Metro Atlanta’s public meetings are workshops for democracy, 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. They can be intimidating and inaccessible spaces for people who are unfamiliar.
Atlanta Documenters puts the “public” back in public meetings: We train and pay Metro Atlantans to report on local government for their communities. Atlanta Documenters is part of the national Documenters Network.
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.
Thousands of Trained Documenters
The Documenters Network has trained more than 2,000 people across the country to attend and annotate thousands of government meetings.
Our journalists are harnessing their collective knowledge, relationships, and capacity to create a powerful new information resource.
A farewell letter from Canopy Atlanta co-founder Sonam Vashi
Here’s this week from Atlanta Documenters, powered by Canopy Atlanta.