Beyond the Headlines Superior

Communicating in a News Desert

News Desert – “a community . . . with limited access to the sort of credible and comprehensive news and information that feeds democracy at the grassroots level.” (Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media, UNC School of Journalism)

Research tells us that local media often help bring communities together and strengthen them. It also shows that communities that have lost their local news sources experience diminished civic engagement.

The need for quality and timely coverage -- especially in emergency situations and for gaining insight into issues that face the community -- is critical. The majority of the Twin Ports media focus on the more populous Duluth, MN audience. With few news sources devoted to Superior and Douglas County in Wisconsin, the community is considered a “news desert” that can result in incomplete or untimely information.

A local steering committee made up of community members and Twin Ports media are planning a Beyond the Headlines project that will ask Superior residents to consider how they gain the knowledge they need to navigate local issues. Watch this space for more information!


What's Happening

Reaching Out

Nov 26, 2018
5:00 pm

Superior, WI

How do you find out what you need to know to make decisions about issues that face your community? If you live or work in Douglas County/Superior, Beyond the Headlines wants you to share what resources you access for the information you need and why you turn to them. If you could imagine the ultimate resource, what would you want to see? What connects you to your community? What do you think are the best ways to share important information that affects you? We'll be hosting focus groups and surveys, and are happy to just hear what folks have to say about their information landscape as we build toward programming in early 2019.

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Reaching Out


What is Beyond the Headlines?

“Beyond the Headlines” brings Wisconsinites together for discussions that explore journalism’s crucial role in enabling productive citizen engagement in American democracy.


Thanks to our local steering committee members!

Ron Brochu, Business North
Mark Casper, Keyport Liquor
Doug Dalager, Explore Superior
Paul Damberg, Wisconsin Public Radio (Chair)
Tylor Elm, Superior City Council
Charlie Glazman, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Tom Hansen, UW-Superior
Sue Heskin, Superior Public Library
David Jensch, KBJR
Kathleen Laakso, UW-Superior
Janice Meyer, UW-Superior
Shelly Nelson, Superior Telegram
Brent Notbohm, UW-Superior
Jim Paine, City of Superior
Taylor Peterson, Superior Chamber of Commerce
Bruce Thompson, National Bank of Commerce

We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.