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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:

More information:

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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:

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Update: Community Connection and Inclusion

Since its announcement last December, the ASNE and Journalism That Matters partnership for engaging diverse communities in meeting their news and information needs has identified three pilot sites and begun building an interactive platform for supporting news organizations in doing high-quality community engagement.

As a reminder, this effort offers new ideas and strategies to meet ASNE’s longstanding commitment to diversity in newsrooms by enhancing a newsroom’s capacity to accurately reflect and authentically cover the communities they serve. Based on experiences to date, we also see it as a strategy for building audience.

Key components of the project:

  1. Conducting “proof of concept” community-based conversations about the news and information needs of diverse communities.
  2. Developing an “Engagement Hub” for sharing stories and resources, connecting with others, and developing skills for engaging community.
  3. Offering an interactive program that mirrors some of the community engagement strategies at the joint ASNE/APME 2014 convention.

The “proof of concept” community partners are:

We Create Here – The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Unite Rochester – Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, New York

Oakland Voices – The Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California

Each of our local partners is engaging its community on topics related to diversity and inclusion. For example, The Gazette is pursuing a topic ripe in their community: workforce diversity. They recently hosted a conversation with people from community organizations with an interest in the subject, posting Six ways to improve relations between residents in Iowa communities. The success of the conversation is opening the door to an experiment in sourcing. As they begin work on a story on affordable housing, they intend to host a conversation with a group of the people who “ARE IN” – with Authority, Resources, Expertise, Information, and Need. Listening to these public perspectives will inform their coverage.

The Engagement Hub is in development.

While community conversations progress at partner sites, so does platform development. Technologies have been selected. Because of its community orientation, NationBuilder was chosen as the CMS. We are working with a developer to create an innovative, interactive approach to sharing information. A first version of the site will targeted to be available by the end of April.

Conference program discussions are underway.

Initiative leaders are in conversation with convention planners to define an engaging and productive session for conference attendees.

The initiative leaders are:

  • ASNE Diversity Committee co-chairs:
  • Karen Magnuson, editor and VP/News, Democrat and Chronicle Media Group, Rochester, NY.
  • Manny Garcia, editor, Naples Daily News, Florida.
  • Mike Fancher, interim director of the University of Oregon Center for Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement and Journalism That Matters board member, Seattle, WA.

JTM leader:

  • Peggy Holman, Journalism That Matters co-founder and executive director, Bellevue, WA.

For information contact:

Mike Fancher, 206-683-5492,