In February 2019, a US-based community organisation Detour Detroit turned to 50 of its local residents to investigate and vet the landlords buying up property in their local area.

By training their readers to dig into the documents at 'watchdog workshops', they found the sessions ignited the community and heightened interest in local affairs, while finding out who these secretive buyers are.

As Detour Detroit gears up to publish the results of those findings, in this week's podcast, Ashley Woods Branch, founder, Detour Detroit tells us about what it takes to turn your residents into watchdogs, and the benefits of doing so.

Want to learn how to use breaking news as an editorial strategy to grow your readership? Find out how at Newsrewired on 27 November at Reuters, London. Head to for the full agenda and tickets

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