The East Tennessee Listening Project

In the news media, we spend a good deal of time talking. But we're not always so good at listening.

The East Tennessee Listening Project is designed to turn traditional models of journalism on their head.  We want to know what you think is important.  And we're developing new, innovative ways to find out what's on your mind:



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TruckBeat is a new health storytelling project about East Tennessee. It's a collaboration between independent public radio reporter Jess Mador, and Knoxville NPR-station 91.9 FM WUOT ­­– one of 15 projects around the country participating in AIR's Localore: #Finding America initiative.

Learn more and check out our stories here!


The local crowdsourcing project that started it all, tennwords has been asking East Tennesseans to telling us their thoughts, ideas and concerns– by answering specific questions in ten words or less.

In its initial phase in 2015, tennwords received more than 700 responses to the question “What keeps you up at night?” 

Answers ranged from the bizarre and humorous to the deeply personal and even tragic.  Analysis of the answers uncovered a general concern about health, family and something else.

In the coming months, tennwords will begin to formulate new questions to explore the issues that you find most important in your life.  

What Restores Your Faith In Humanity?

Oct 7, 2016

We asked you to come up with a new prompt for our Tenn Words project and you responded with a number of impressive suggestions.  From there, we narrowed down the field to ten and asked you to vote for your favorite.  

Perhaps it's a reflection of our trying times, but the clear winner was Bo Saulsbury's suggestion  "What Restores your Faith in Humanity?"

We look forward to taking the TruckBeat truck  into our community in 2017 and finding out how you would respond.  Stay tuned to 91.9 FM WUOT for more details.