“We had no idea what we were doing…but we came up with a successful event.”
That’s KOSU’s Rachel Hubbard describing the risk the station took with Policy and a Pint. But, it was a risk that paid off. This “political conversation meets drinks with friends” event series helped the station engage the community around some pretty tough issues.
The story starts in 2010. Twelve hot-button ballot initiatives were up for vote in Oklahoma. The initiatives were complicated and controversial, which created a challenge for newsroom staff in how they would engage with the community around them.
In the midst of this, Hubbard heard of Policy and a Pint: a Minnesota Public Radio event that brought people together for drinks and discussion. The idea was perfect – with one hitch. Click here to read more.. »