Here at The Courier, we’re interested in what matters most to the community.
We want to know the issues that interest you and impact you, as well as celebrate the relationship between our masthead and you, our readers.
That is why on Wednesday, October 18, Australian Community Media (ACM) mastheads in Victoria are launching Community Journalism Day.
The day will be a chance for our readers to see what we do at our office, ask questions about what we do and how we do it, and let us know the issues they care about.
How will we do this?
On Tuesday, The Courier will be hosting a forum via live video on our Facebook page at 8pm, with the editor and senior journalists.
The question they want to put to you is: If you could ask one question of The Courier team about a community issue important to you and the way it is covered, what would it be?
Make sure to send your questions to email@example.com or message us on The Courier’s Facebook page, and then tune in to hear them answered.
Our readers are also invited to come visit us at The Courier office at 2 Webster Street for a site tour on Wednesday at 10am – you will need to register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, you can meet with our journalists in person on Wednesday, as they will be situated at three different community hubs around town.
These include Ballarat Library from 10.30-11am, Stockland Wendouree from 12.30-1.30pm and Delacombe Town Centre from 2.30-3.30pm.
As part of the initiative, 10 per cent of the advertising revenue on the day will be put back into the community via a donation to Ballarat charity United Way.
United Way chief executive officer Simon Tengende said the organisation was focused on funding programs servicing areas of high need in the community, such as youth unemployment and domestic violence.
He said youth unemployment in the region was above the state average, and one of United Way’s programs targeting the issue was the L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program.
“It focuses on young people who have a disadvantaged background and might need somebody to help them obtain their 120 hours that is needed for them to go for their licence,” he said.