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Community Toolbox: Newsday Provides a Forum for Long Islanders to Understand and Debate Important Local Issues

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Community Toolbox: Newsday Provides a Forum for Long Islanders to Understand and Debate Important Local Issues

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Launched by Newsday, nextLI is a new website designed to offer Long Island residents a platform to learn and debate important issues, to connect them by interests and views, and foster a better understanding of the challenges of the region. The free forum, found at next.newsday.com, will focus on issues of public policy that can be informed by original research and will be a destination for Long Islanders to gather and problem solve.

nextLI is the next phase of the Long Island Index, a research report published annually to help local leaders devise solutions to regional problems. The project originally belonged to the Rauch Foundation before they decided to seek new ownership, and it is now managed by the Newsday opinion department.

Sam Guzik, editor for strategy and platforms, and Amanda Fiscina, research and digital production manager, said, "We were actually looking up data they compiled when we saw an invitation for new leadership. We immediately realized there was an opportunity to extend their work and strengthen our connection with our community,"

While there were a lot of qualified proposals, Newsday was the only one that offered to build a digital community to allow Long Islanders to take action and be involved in the discussion. Whether it's discussions about the affordability crisis in the housing market, traffic on the freeways and issues with public transit systems, Guzik and Fiscina hope that nextLI becomes the destination for collaborative problem solving. …

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