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Meet ‘Downtowners’: A Collaborative Storytelling Project

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The landscape of downtown Fargo changes rapidly - new businesses and opportunities come in all shapes and sizes. During recent years, the human and physical landscape of downtown Fargo changes rapidly as new buildings, people and businesses move to the neighborhood. More human diversity in terms of income, age and occupation than ever before is now located in a few short, city blocks.

Many people including students and senior citizens, high income condo dwellers, low-income renters and homeless people call downtown Fargo, “home. “ Hundreds, if not thousands, of people work in downtown restaurants, stores, churches, clinics and scores of other businesses and nonprofit organizations.

This diversity in contrast with rapid development is an engaging phenomenon. And a small, collaborative group is now working with area students, journalists and citizens to capture unique points of views and experiences from seasoned downtowners.

Today, “Downtowners” - a story series in collaboration with the Downtown Neighborhood Association, Forum Communications Company and local students - is being announced.

This series a cross-organizational and community effort with the Downtown Neighborhood Association providing points of interests; area college students writing and producing stories; and facilitation, publishing tasks handled by Forum Communications Company employees..

  • The “Downtowners”series will tell people stories through multimedia including feature stories, lifestyle profiles, Q’s and A’s, photo albums, short videos and more.
  • Stories will be published on a variety of Forum Communications owned sites to ensure the most views.
  • Content creators will also be from the community including students from Concordia College and Minnesota State University Moorhead and journalists from Forum Communications Company.
  • The project welcomes anyone with a connection to downtown to contribute stories about themselves, their neighbors and their co-workers.
  • April Knutson - journalist and Product Manager at TheSkrive.com - will provide story-gathering guidelines and other forms of guidance to community contributors.
  • April Knutson will also facilitate the publishing process from students, community members onto a Forum Communication news site.
Everyone has a story to tell - about what they do, why they do what they do, the challenges they have faced and their ideas for improving life downtown.  When we share our stories we contribute to a living archive of our shared history. Meet “Downtowners” with us.

Follow “Downtowners” tag on The Skrive, or signup to be notified when the first series will be published, here.

Interested in contributing?

Email aknutson@forumcomm.com with your name, contact information and a short description about what issue you would like to cover and/or collaborate on.

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