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Elevate Engagement Video

A dynamic group of 130 journalists, researchers, engagement practitioners, and community leaders gathered in May 2017 at the Agora Journalism Center for the Elevate Engagement workshop. Over a four-day journey, participants explored a common goal — envisioning how engaged journalism can help communities thrive. More specifically, how could we take listening, connection, and trust to the next level?

Here’s a summary:

Elevating Engagement – May 2017 from SOJC Agora Journalism Center on Vimeo.

For more about the conference, visit the Elevate Engagement site.

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Elevate Engagement from Afar

Can’t make it out to Portland for Elevate Engagement but still want to plug in from a distance? We’ve lined up a few ways to participate both asynchronously or synchronously.

And there will be two distinct sessions that we’ll broadcast live:

Thursday, May 18 at 6 p.m.

Lessons from the Field: Examples of Engaged Journalism – we’ll see some examples of what’s working. Lightning presenters include:

We’ll be broadcasting this session on Facebook Live and Periscope. Watch this page and #pdxEngage17 Thursday afternoon for more details.

Friday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Rebuilding Trust: Truth to Empower – a conversation among practitioner/scholars from different disciplines. Introduction and moderation by Regina Lawrence, UO-SOJC’s Agora Journalism Center. Conversation catalysts include:

We’ll be using an exciting new engagement tool from the creators of Civil Comments: Civil Live. With this new technology, we’ll be able to solicit questions or thoughts from you in advance and in real time. You can join those in the room to upvote the questions and ideas to bring to the conversation. Keep an eye on this page Friday evening.

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Come to Elevate Engagement, May 18-21, Portland, Oregon

Journalism That Matters is once again partnering with the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon to bring together journalists, public engagement practitioners, academics and students, funders, public servants, and other engagement pioneers to consider:

How can the public engage, not as an audience, consumers or marketplace, but as participants, with journalists, in creating civic structures for engagement and storytelling?

In addition, how must news organizations and journalists evolve so they are seen by diverse communities as trustworthy and culturally competent enough to tell their stories?

For more information, visit Elevate Engagement.

Or just register!

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National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation and Journalism That Matters co-host confab call


Please join Journalism That Matters and the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD) for a “confab call” on Wednesday, March 15 from 1-2:30pm ET/10-11:30am PT to continue the conversation that we began at the October 2016 NCDD conference on innovative ways for journalists and public engagement practitioners to partner.

We’re using Zoom for this interactive session that will include a couple of journalist-engagement practitioner stories.

The invitation is going out to both journalists and public engagement practitioners, so we’re looking forward to a creative exchange.

Register here: http://ncdd.org/community/confabreg-mar2017

More information: http://ncdd.org/23125

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At intersection of journalism and public engagement

While Michelle Ferrier, Journalism That Matters board president, and I were at the National Conference for Dialogue and Deliberation, we recorded a conversation on how we see the intersection of

While at last October’s National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation conference (NCDD), Michelle Ferrier and I recorded a conversation between us on the intersection of journalism and public engagement. Thought some of you might find it of interest: http://ncdd.org/23055