The need for strong community-based newsrooms has scarcely felt more vital to our democracies, yet local media continues to be under immense pressure, with local investigative journalism facing its own unique set of challenges.

Despite these, new platforms are emerging and finding new ways to connect to new audiences, remain relevant to communities and speak truth to power. Often these models involve putting networks and communities at the heart of the journalism.

This panel explores some of the lessons being learned about how community engagement can serve local investigative reporting - whether as a tool to develop audiences, as a key to financial sustainability or as a source of ideas and investigative manpower.