We assessed the curriculum applied in this project and its related journalism in the following ways:
1) Citizen Science & Journalism Engagement
We measured the interest, participation, and reaction of participants who attend public workshops related to educating the public about sea level rise. Participants, including K-12 students and educators, also used sensors and other technology to perform citizen science, while journalists guided the efforts to collect — and measure — the public data to assign meaning.
2) Metrics & Audience Analysis
Students used qualitative and quantitative research methods to examine the types of journalism related to sea level rise being produced locally and to measure audience reaction and interest. Metrics related to content were distributed on the project’s website, its app, and on our partners’ news outlets.
3) Advisory Board
Local citizens, experts, journalists, and educators operated as an advisory board to comment on the project’s mission, activities, and journalism. The board helped implement efforts and approaches to make meaningful journalism.
4) Research & Public Scholarship
Content and textual analysis, as well as methods such as auto-ethnography, conducted by students, educators, and citizens placed scholarly meanings to journalism related to sea level rise. This work was presented at academic conferences, in academic publications, and as public scholarship in popular magazines, on blogs, and in newspaper editorials.