Last week, The Star launched a new team dedicated to making sure our reporting is responding to what Kansas Citians want to know and to sharing information that makes it easier to participate in our community. It’s called the Service Journalism Desk, and I’m its new editor, Allison Dikanovic.
Our team is here to share the mic to make sure more Kansas Citians have a hand in shaping journalism in our city and so more people have a say in what makes the news. We’ll be building off of existing projects from The Star, like “What’s Your KCQ?”
Do you have questions about what your rights are as a tenant? When will your kid be able to get a vaccine? What is the police department spending its money on? Or maybe what your city council member even does? We want to hear your questions and experiences, so we can find and share answers.
As journalists, we’re not the experts, but we are professionally curious. All of you, who make this city home, are the real experts. Your curiosity will drive what we report on.
Together we can pull back the curtain on how the city works, what different decisions and changes mean for you and your family, and how you can get involved to make changes in your life and the city. We’ll dig into topics that are affecting us all every day, such as health, housing, the environment and civic engagement.
We know the news can be so overwhelming. We feel that, too. We are here to cut through the noise and share information that’s clear, helpful and actionable.
Many members of our community, from organizers and small business owners to your cool neighbor down the street — not just journalists — know how to share information and do so every day here in Kansas City, and we can’t wait to learn from you.
The first step of that is letting us know what’s on your mind and what you want to see from this team. You’ll hear more from us in the coming weeks and months, too. We’ll be asking about specific topics, holding events and checking in for feedback from readers.
To kick this off, ask us your questions using the form at the bottom of this story.
And please, school me on all things Kansas City. I’m new in town. You can find me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @al_dikanovic.
Meet the team
Dikanovic is The Star’s new service journalism editor. She most recently worked as an engagement reporter at THE CITY, a local nonprofit newsroom serving New York City, where she led the Civic Newsroom, an initiative that addressed reader questions to make it easier to participate in the city’s local election. She is a graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.
Hernandez is a member of The Star’s new service journalism team. A native of Kansas City, Hernandez graduated from Cristo Rey Kansas City High School and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He previously wrote for the Columbia Missourian and The Pitch. You can find him at email@example.com or @josephh816 on Twitter.
Wallington is a member of The Star’s new service journalism team. She most recently wrote for Popular Science, where she focused on wildlife and sustainability. Wallington’s freelance work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Guardian, VICE News, and Audubon Magazine. She studied political science at Johns Hopkins University. You can find her at firstname.lastname@example.org or @narwhallington on Twitter.