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Dr. Ferrier appointed president of Journalism That Matters

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 12, 2015)—The Journalism That Matters (JTM) board elected Dr. Michelle Ferrier, associate dean for innovation, research/creative activity and graduate studies at the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, as president of the organization on Oct. 4, replacing Chris Peck, former editor of the Memphis Appeal and outgoing president of ASNE. Ferrier […]

Why I’m thankful for Journalism That Matters

Today marks the sixth anniversary of my first Journalism That Matters “unconference,” a four-day mashup of journalists, technologists and venture capitalists held at Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. At the time, I had recently walked away from a job as an established newspaper reporter to nurture a public media startup, American Public Media’s Public Insight Network (PIN). […]

Stories for Navigating the Waves of Change

How can journalists discern what stories are most useful for helping us navigate through turbulent times? One way to decide is by understanding the roles people play in changing times. I recently described some key roles on the Seapoint Center leadership blog. In brief: Stabilizers maintain the old systems and structures, for better and worse. […]

Mapping the News and Information Ecosystem

Envisioning what the news and information ecosystem looks like contributes to creating it. Understanding a complex system is no easy task. Maps simplify reality to highlight useful distinctions. They give form to an abstract idea, like a news and information ecosystem. Just as nature’s ecosystem is a community of living organisms — plants, animals and microbes — […]

The Changing News and Information Ecosystem: What Can You Do?

How can you contribute to a healthy journalism ecosystem? Picture a news and information ecosystem that not only informs, but also engages, inspires, and activates.  Imagine journalism that helps us navigate through uncertainty, contextualizing conflict and struggle within aspirations and hope. Envision telling stories of possibility, highlighting diverse voices, using diverse forms, and engaging with each […]