Redwoods Listening Post

What is The Redwoods Listening Post??

The Redwoods Listening Post was launched in Fall of 2020, as a response to COVID19. It is a solutions journalism response to the affects of the pandemic on under served/represented communities to support and amplify diverse local voices to tell their stories. The project works along side The Community Voices Coalition and is funded by Humboldt Area Foundation ,Wild Rivers Community Foundation and California Endowment to support local media curation.

What does The RLP do?

Redwoods Listening Post (RLP) brings forward new perspectives and accurate, insightful coverage of local issues relating to the COVID pandemic response and recovery.

The project aims to support underserved and marginalized communities to identify and help address COVID-19 related issues and challenges. With help from local storytellers and community leaders, we can help identify and urge local solutions to the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

Trusted and timely information is important and can save lives. We believe that hearing from members of the community, delivered through the platforms they are most likely to use, is the best way to source and share information that is critical to our community, particularly during this extraordinary time.

How does Redwoods Listening Post work?

The Redwoods Listening Post team works to help the Community Voices Coalition pilot project to deliver information in more accessible ways, including using messaging apps, social media channels, video and radio distribution. Access Humboldt and RLP will provide studio support and production for multi-platform redistribution for broadcast productions, podcasts, radio stories/spots and online archiving.

Access Humboldt

Access Humboldt (“AH”) serves as the hub for Community Voices Coalition organizing efforts, providing resource grants/stipends and serving as a coordinating body for all participants. In addition to small cash grants for Contributors, Partners’ newsrooms will have dedicated access to AH services for training, support, production, translation and distribution to share their stories on TV, radio and online - by any media necessary.


Internews brings national and international expertise and resources, offering consultation on project design and providing direct editorial support for story selection, engagement, as well as coaching on delivering information to hard to reach communities.

Access Humboldt serves as the hub for RLP providing:

~ Small cash grants/stipends.

~ Access to AH training, production facilities, equipment & local stations.

~ Translation services.

~ Story distribution to local print, online, and broadcast media outlets.

~ A spotlight on Redwood Community Report, local podcast.

~ Access to the Community Media Archive

Community Media Archive

The Community Media Archive gathers the diverse local TV and radio programs created through community access - including local non-commercial television channels on cable television systems serving a wide range of Public, Education and Government (PEG) purposes.

Are there other Listening Post projects?


Communities throughout the United States host a variety of Listening Post Projects.

Redwood Listening Post is a member of the Listening Post Collective, a project of Internews.

The Listening Post Collective

The Listening Post Collective provides journalists, newsroom leaders, and non-profits tools and advice to create meaningful conversations with their communities. We believe responsible reporting begins with listening. From there, media outlets and community organizations can create news stories that respond to people’s informational needs, reflect their lives, and enable them to make informed decisions.

Who are RLP media partners?

Community Voices Coalition

El Lenador

Redwood Voice

Local Radio


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How can you get involved?

Grants available! All experience levels welcome!

We want to hear your stories!!

We will promote community voices by selecting storytellers that meet these criteria:

Current relevance:

* Why is it important that the community hear your story now?

* Is this an issue that is not being covered by other local media outlets at this time?

New voices:

* Who are the people being affected by this issue?

* Are they members of the community that we do not typically hear from or about?

Geographic variety:

* Where are the impacts or your story idea being felt?

* What geographic area of the community are you going to highlight in your story?

Focused story idea:

* Please be specific in the description of your story idea.

* Ideally, your story idea will be manageable for you to address in weeks not months.