Sirens wail. TV trucks set up on the end of the block as police cordon off a section of the neighborhood. Something horrible has happened. It’s your neighborhood.
In cities across the nation, some Americans are questioning the transparency and credibility of law enforcement. Some are concerned about how mainstream news media and social media commentary portray police work. How does the nature of media coverage affect the ability of law enforcement or the courts to do their jobs? Are citizens getting the information they need and can trust about what is happening in their communities?
In Wausau, local members of the media, law enforcement, and community are responding to the national conversation. As part of Beyond the Headlines, they have been meeting since 2017, developing events at which journalists and law enforcement talk about how each does its work, why each shares what it shares with the public, and what effect media coverage can have on the community.
Beyond the Headlines events bring Wausau journalists, law enforcement, and residents face-to-face in an effort to build trust and help citizens sort through these questions and more. WHC asked several members of the local steering committee for Beyond the Headlines in Wausau why they became involved.READ MORE