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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

Partner Profile: Cicero Independiente

In celebration of Latinx heritage month, we’ve decided to put the spotlight on Cicero Independiente, an independent, bilingual news organization serving Cicero and Berwyn, Illinois.

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.

News & Insights

A Call  For a Civic Media Renaissance – It’s About Damn Time

August 8, 2022

Our vision is to work with partners throughout the country to incentivize the launch of new civic media projects that will inspire communities to build the power needed to strengthen our democracy.

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.

Our Impact

Sub-Grants

People & Organizations

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