Now more than ever, it’s important for journalists to listen to their communities.
That’s why Side Effects Public Media is launching the Midwest Checkup, a text tool to strengthen the connection between community members and reporters who cover health in the region.
Side Effects will periodically text members of the Midwest Checkup with a question on a topic such as coronavirus, healthcare costs or hospital closures. We'll use those responses to inform the stories our reporters pursue. And we'll make sure members receive the resulting stories directly into their inbox.
To join the Midwest Checkup text group, text “health” to 73224.
Side Effects helped launch this tool with Indiana Public Broadcasting, and asked its members to share their concerns with the high costs of healthcare.
Reporters, editors and community engagement specialists created this complilation of responses, held a live event on the issue with experts, and are planning future stories now.