CONSENSUS? The opportunity for journalist/librarian collaboration

On stage at CPL.

On stage at CPL.

A draft consensus statement for journalist/librarian collaboration is circulating after garnering support at “Beyond Books: News, Literacy, Democracy and America’s Libraries,” a two-day Journalism That Matters symposium in Cambridge April 6-7.

On Thursday, participants in “Beyond Books” moved to the Cambridge Public Library for a public wrapup session. Here are some of the phrases the used to describe next-step possibilities:

Context and onward . . . more narratives . . . reach beyond insider view of ourselves . . . be good stewards . . . journalism is thriving . . . reaching beyond the echo chamber, including this one . . . demographics are key . . . in the boat together . . . community is everything . . . empathy . . . risk taking . . . face to face communication . . . libraries present facts, media presents opinions . . . public spirit . . . storytelling . . . make stuff with your people and the rest follows . . . untapped opportunity . . . make it fun . . . keep studying . . . what is relevance? . . . action . . . foster serendipity . . . have hope . . . creativity and hope . . . experiment . . . vote for Pedro . . . intergenerational, multimedia, Boing Boing . . . more than words . . . the conversation is just beginning . . . we are in it together . . . delivery systems may change for stories, a good story will always be a good story . . . cultivate and preserve the conversation . . . media mapping . . . share your experience, discovery your expertise.
LINK: What would happen if Beyond Books forged a consensus statement on libraries, journalism and participatory democracy?

Seeding the conversation at the Cambridge Public Library (pictured above) were Jessica Durkin, a community-media researcher from Scranton, Pa.; Linda Fantin of American Public Media’s Public Insight Network;  Jorge Reina Schement, dean of the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University and and Nancy Kranich, a Rutgers librarian and former American Library Association president.

(Also see a wrapup post by RJI’s Joy Mayer)

VIDEO from Cambridge Public Library wrapup session:

THREE NOTIONS OF COMMUNITY – Joy Mayer, Laurie Norton Moffatt and David Bollier discuss engagement, dialog and the concept of the commons.

THURSDAY AM VIDEO — Find out who was in the room, hear Peter Levine discuss youth and engagement, and Peggy Holman introduce “the law of two feet.”

DAVID WEINBERGER – Knowledge as transitional

AFTERNOON ASPIRATIONS – Find out what participants are coming up with for proposed outcomes.

JOURNALIST-CITIZEN COOPERATION — Linda Fantin and Melody Ng explains the Public Insight Network in this 25-minute video capture of their “Beyond  Books” talk.

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