What’s Up: Turning local news into information empowerment

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The following information is cross-posted from the Knight Digital Media Center.

In a unique partnership, MIT and the Incourage Community Foundation in central Wisconsin, have developed What’s Up, an initiative that delivers real-time employment service information to residents who are not online, where job information is usually found.

Representatives of Incourage and MIT Center for Civic Media will discuss What’s Up in a free webinar on April 3 geared to leaders of community foundation and other mission-driven organizations that are looking for ways to bridge the digital divide in their communities. RELATED LINK   

The webinar will cover:

  • Why it is important to establish easy access to online information on offline channels to reach all members of the community.
  • How the What’s Up initiative is informing and engaging local citizens in Central Wisconsin.
  • Key lessons from the initiative (so far) and best practices for other foundations.

What’s Up uses digital signs, print materials, an all-access phone system and a webpage to connect job-seekers with opportunities. 

This free, one-hour webinar will offer tips and tools for community foundations and other mission driven organizations seeking to bridge a digital divide in their communities. The partnership is also releasing a white paper on the initiative.

Hosted by Knight Digital Media Center at USC Annenberg, the webinar will take place at  11 a.m. PT | 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, April 3.