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Empowerment Journalism Guide

Published September 19, 2023
Updated November 23, 2023

Our purpose in creating the Empowerment Journalism Guide is to share knowledge, advice, and best practices for producing “community-engaged reporting” — in our case, a type of reporting we have termed “empowerment journalism.” We created this guide for journalists, editors, producers, non-fiction authors, filmmakers, storytellers, and anyone interested in learning more about best practices for working with and in communities.

This is not a typical how-to guide. There is no checklist or comprehensive approach to empowerment reporting — we encourage you to simply take what you find useful.

To explore this guide, use the sidebar or buttons at the bottom of each section. You can also download the whole guide as a printable PDF.

A man stoking a campfire outdoors, with two camera crew members filming it

‘Turning Points’ storyteller and director Donald Prince builds a fire at his camp in Yellowknife, NWT.  Britney Dennison

This guide is produced by the Global Reporting Centre, an editorially independent and not-for-profit newsroom based at the University of British Columbia’s School of Journalism, Writing, and Media. We were founded in 2016 with the goal of challenging the way global journalism is done. Learn more about how we work.