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Aspirations Journalism

Aspirations Journalism

The Purpose

Through a partnership between journalism and philanthropy, Aspirations Journalism is an initiative to share information and engage communities through stories that encourage people to be part of the solution and take action. While examining relevant social issues, Aspirations Journalism focuses on motivating, innovating and collaborating through the lenses of The Patterson Foundation’s initiatives: Age-Friendly Sarasota, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition and its work with the National Council on Aging.

Strengthening the Impact

Following the learnings and success of the SPIRE CoLab initiative, The Patterson Foundation and the Herald-Tribune Media Group created Aspirations Journalism to inform, educate and galvanize the community to build movements around sustainable community networks. With leadership and support from The Patterson Foundation, the Herald-Tribune Media Group is providing capacity and journalism professionals who create Aspirations Journalism’s content that is covered locally and beyond.

FAQ's

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What is Aspirations Journalism?

Aspirations Journalism is a partnership between philanthropy and journalism to build movements around sustainable community networks. The Patterson Foundation and the Herald-Tribune Media Group are bringing their respective assets and talents together to inform, educate and engage communities locally and beyond.

Why does The Patterson Foundation support Aspirations Journalism?

The Patterson Foundation believes in strengthening the efforts of people, organizations and communities. Aspirations Journalism inspires people and organizations to take action on issues relevant to the community. Following the learnings and success of the SPIRE CoLab initiative, which focused on the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, The Patterson Foundation and the Herald-Tribune Media Group created Aspirations Journalism to continue grade-level reading coverage while extending coverage to additional community networks through the lenses of The Patterson Foundation’s initiatives supporting the National Council on Aging (NCOA) as well as Age-Friendly Sarasota and Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition.

How is Aspirations Journalism different from traditional news media?

Traditional news media often examines an issue but does not give communities opportunities to get engaged. Aspirations Journalism engages communities to take action on relevant issues by sharing a more complete story, providing depth of information and opportunities that empower people to take action.

Who is behind Aspirations Journalism?

The Patterson Foundation and the Herald-Tribune Media Group are bringing their respective assets and talents together to inform, educate and engage communities locally and beyond.

What is The Patterson Foundation’s role with Aspirations Journalism?

The Patterson Foundation is strengthening Aspirations Journalism by providing leadership and support for the Herald-Tribune Media Group’s fulfillment of this initiative.

What is the Herald-Tribune Media Group’s role with Aspirations Journalism?

Aspirations Journalism is an initiative that will increase positive outcomes and share strategies, techniques and technologies at a local and national level. The Herald-Tribune Media Group is providing capacity and journalism professionals who contribute to Aspirations Journalism, along with the Gatehouse Media network to share this content with other communities.

What key priorities drive Aspirations Journalism?

  • Be a motivator: Draw upon the power of storytelling to motivate audiences to engage and drive community change.

  • Be a syndicator: Deliver meaningful and customizable story packages of interest to media partners throughout the United States by recognizing the changing media landscape offers opportunities to push content to a larger audience.

  • Be an innovator: Create new methods and innovative practices that spur community engagement/action.

  • Be a collaborator: Develop solutions-based ways and best practices for media and community thought leaders to raise awareness and align action.

What issues does Aspirations Journalism look at?

Aspirations Journalism will examine relevant social issues through the lenses of The Patterson Foundation’s initiatives — Age-Friendly Sarasota, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition — in addition to its work with the National Council on Aging.

  • The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a national collaborative effort based on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation: reading at grade level by the end of third grade to create a more promising future for children. Part of this nationwide movement, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a communitywide effort to help all children, especially those from low-income families, succeed in school by ensuring they read on grade level. The Suncoast region encompasses four counties — Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties in Florida — focused on addressing the most common issues and obstacles that impact a child's ability to read to learn.

  • Age-Friendly Sarasota is a countywide effort in Florida to promote active, engaged, and healthy living for people of all ages. By learning and sharing about Sarasota County's age-friendly features and the aspirations of its residents, this initiative is amplifying and bringing enhancements to the community that align with factors identified by the World Health Organization that influence the ability to live well at any age. Age-Friendly Sarasota is part of the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities — an effort of more than 800 member cities and communities in 40 countries worldwide benefiting more than 228 million people — and was the first community in Florida to be recognized as an age-friendly community by WHO and AARP, a national affiliate of the global effort.

  • The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the national voice for every person’s right to age well. NCOA empowers individuals with trusted solutions to improve their own health and economic security — and protects and strengthens federal programs that people depend on as they age. Working with a nationwide network of partners and directly with individuals, NCOA’s goal is to improve the lives of 10 million older adults by 2020. The Patterson Foundation has partnered with NCOA on the following initiatives:

    • The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, a tri-sector collaboration created by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) at the request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that explored how self-managed care might be approached to improve health.

    • Aging Mastery Program®, an initiative offering community-based organizations a clear path to engage and strengthen the physical, financial, and emotional wellness of older adults.

  • The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) is a regional coalition made up of representatives from major hospitals and higher education institutions offering degree-granting to schools, colleges, and community members in Florida’s Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. The grassroots group is working with the Florida Action Coalition to develop resources and help implement recommendations from the 2010 Institute of Medicine report entitled, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” which recommends increasing the percentage of BSN-prepared nurses to 80 percent and doubling the number of nurses with doctorates in the United States by the year 2020 to positively influence the outcomes of patients in the nation.

How can I ensure that Aspirations Journalism knows about what my organization is doing?

Organizations can contact the Herald-Tribune Media Group per their regular press relations policies.

How can I contribute to Aspirations Journalism?

If your organization is engaged in causes relevant to the subject matter covered by Aspirations Journalism, contact Brian Ries, Herald-Tribune digital media editor, at brian.ries@heraldtribune.com.

Who can I contact about the Aspirations Journalism initiative?

For more information, contact initiative manager Deborah Gauvreau: dgauvreau@thepattersonfoundation.org.


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