Welcome to the
Listening Post
Collective

About Us

The Listening Post Collective (LPC) is a U.S. based project of Internews, an international media support organization that works with local partners in more than 100 countries to build sustainable independent media and strengthen the capacity of media professionals, human rights activists, and information entrepreneurs to deliver quality, local information.

Our Mission

We partner with people and organizations to develop local news and information solutions that help communities thrive.

Our Vision

A future where civic power is strengthened by equitable, civic media.

What We Do

We develop civic media + power-building resources for places in the U.S. that have been historically excluded from news and information systems. This work requires trust and time, and we work to listen, build networks, understand information needs, and develop real solutions with community members.

We’re Uniquely
Situated To Take
On This Work

Experience

We draw on 40 years of global experience building healthy media and information environments, especially in vulnerable communities.

Tools

Our listening, design, and engagement tools guide us towards a deep and authentic understanding of how to support communities

Civic Media

Power Building

Case Study

The Significance of Information in the Inland Empire

Partner: The James Irvine Foundation
Inland Empire, CA | 2020 – 2021

When it comes to local journalism, there is a lot to cover in the IE:

  • Amazon’s expanding footprint and power in the region
  • Climate issues related to drought and wildfires
  • A growing unhoused population

Our IEA documents how the residents of the region obtain the local news they need to participate in their communities and the challenges they face in getting information on essential topics.

Partner

Conecta Arizona

Phoenix, AZ, Est. 2020

Maritza L. Félix founded Connecta Arizona in an effort to provide news-you-can-use in Spanish for people in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.

What’sApp and social media have been the best ways to help meet the information needs of Spanish speaking communities in the area.

News & Insights

Want to Increase Community Engagement? Engage the Community in Local News

July 26, 2021

Impact report examines how assessing local information needs increases civic participation and helps new media ventures thrive.

Our Work

LPC Digital Playbook

The Listening Post Digital Playbook is a free, self-paced digital learning platform that guides people and organizations through launching their own civic media projects. Participants in this course have access to a sounding board of peers throughout the country and many projects are eligible for micro-grants.

Our Impact

$580K
Sub-Grants

85
People & Organizations
19
Assessments

Testimonials

The Listening Post Collective at Internews really understands the importance of supporting strong and resilient communities through information access, community engagement, and by supporting the growth of a strong civic infrastructure. Listening Post Collective is not extractive in their approach, but instead focuses on supporting local organizations and community leaders to serve as a critical news source for their communities, in particular for residents who don’t often see themselves reflected in mainstream journalism.

– Nicole Pritchard, James Irvine Foundation, LPC Funder

LPC’s support has been much more than financial. At LPC I found a family that supports me, believes in me, and encourages me to challenge my own complexes. I am very fortunate and have received support and advice from many institutions, in one way or another, but I feel that I can ALWAYS count on LPC for anything. I do really think that LPC has my back.

– Maritza L. Félix, Founder of Conecta Arizona, LPC Partner

Thank You to Our Funders
and Collaborators