Journalism is Dead; Long Live Journalism

What’s possible when old embodiments of journalism die and its spirit is free to take new forms?

Ruffato Hall / Morgridge College of Education
University of Denver
1999 E. Evans Ave.
Denver, CO 80208-1700 (MAP)

Morgridge Hall is a three-block walk from the Denver metropolitan light rail stop (red, purple or blue lines), which run directly downtown to the convention center, three blocks from the Sheraton Hotel. The ride is about 17 minutes; cash fare is $2.25 and trains run approximately every half hour until at least midnight (every 15 minutes during the day).


Our agenda is evolving as collaborators and co-sponsors meet and identify key convening questions and critical participants.

Wednesday April 3, 2013: Setting the Stage: The Front Range Ecosystem, A Case Study

9:00am    Registration

10:00 a.m.     Welcome & introductions

Who’s here and what do we need to know to have a productive time together?  After a few words of welcome from our host, Lynn Schofield Clark, Director of the Estlow Center and the Journalism That Matters conference organizers, we’ll introduce ourselves to each other to learn more about who’s here and why.

Participant questions derived from responding to:

What’s your intention for this gathering; What’s the question that called you here?

What’s the best possible outcome you can imagine from being together?

11:00 a.m.  Coffee/tea available

11:15 a.m. What’s the current situation?

Through tables hosted by participants, Front Range media providers and others share their work through informal displays and conversations.

To see who is hosting a table, click here.

One-minute descriptions from table hosts

 For information on hosting a table, contact us at jtm [at] journalismthatmatters [dot] org.

12:30  Lunch

2:00 p.m. Parallel Sessions

What does a desirable future look like?

Through a conversation among peers, we’ll define the elements of a healthy news and information ecosystem.

Notes from the conversation

Venerable Values, Modern Means. Shoeleather Journalism in the Digital Era

A Talk by Samuel G. Freedman, award winning author, columnist, and professor. Courtesy of the New York Times Educational Initiative.

3:15 p.m.  Break

3:30 p.m. Gaining Ground with Losing Ground

What’s the state of networked, collaborative journalism? 

Listen in on a conversation of discovery between Jan Schaffer, J-Lab Executive Director who has been tracking innovative partnerships around the country and Laura Frank, Executive Director I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS who has been in the midst of re-inventing journalism in the Front Range.

Following their exchange, we’ll expand the conversation into the room, continuing our exploration of what’s working in order to articulate principles of the emerging ecosystem.

4:40 p.m. Wrap-up

5:00 p.m. Break

5:30 p.m. Reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres

Evening Program

6:30 p.m. Bill McKibben, Estlow Anvil of Freedom award presentation and talk.

Introduction by the University of Denver Chancellor Bob Coombe

Report on and recording of Bill MicKibben’s talk

Following McKibben’s talk, we’ll have a lively conversation sparked by his remarks.

8:30 p.m. Adjourn


Thursday, April 4:   What now?

8:30 a.m.     Continental breakfast and networking

9:00 a.m. Morning News / Agenda Creation

We’ll open the morning with brief remarks from three “conversation catalysts”:

Then we’ll set an agenda for action based on the interests of the people in the room using Open Space Technology, a process in which people self-organize around topics of interest.

Session Notes

10:15 a.m. Coffee/tea/discussion break

10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions 1

11:45 a.m. Lunch

12:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions 2

2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions 3

3:15 p.m. Coffee break

3:30 p.m. Plenary:  Evening News, What are our next steps?

Draft principles and practices for a healthy news and information ecosystem

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

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