With the face of media and journalism continually changing it's important for public officials to commit themselves to be available to the public through new media in addition to the outstanding print, TV, and radio journalism that safeguards our democracy.
Mayor Wheeler has directed us to continue to develop and experiment with new ways to help educate the public on the inner workings of local government while also shining a light on Portland's uniquely creative and entrepreneurial spirit.
Our first three initiatives are as follows:
Two-way interviews with members of the community; the Mayor will not only continue his recently debuted live-stream program but also give everyday Portlanders the opportunity to sit down with him for a real one-on-one conversation about what Portland means to them while exchanging honest, constructive feedback about how we can improve as a progressive community.
Increased outreach to community-centric media; Have your own podcast, blog, or vlog? We are already reaching out to more citizen-journalists and community media producers to meet Portland residents where they already are consuming their news and entertainment, reducing barriers to civic education and involvement.
Highlighting the importance of quality objective journalism in our democracy while encouraging the next generation of Journalism & Civic Engagement; Beginning this spring, Mayor Wheeler will invite future journalists from high schools and colleges throughout Portland to attend and participate in press conferences and interviews concerning issues in their community.