Updates from June, 2013

  • Open House with Peter Pula, CEO of Axiom News

    10:56 am on June 19, 2013 | 1 Comment Permalink

    Location:  The Hub Seattle, Glass Room, 220 2nd Ave South, Seattle, WA 98104

    When finding solutions is part of the journalist’s job

    As noted earlier this month in a Nieman Journalism Lab post by Jan Schaffer, journalism that activates is becoming a trend.

    Peter Pula, who started Axiom News, has 15 years of experience with doing what he calls “generative journalism”.  Founded on the principles of Appreciative Inquiry, it is a strengths-based approach for propelling communities and organizations towards their highest potential.  And to support their journalism, Axiom News has a business model that works.

    Learn more by coming to The Hub Seattle anytime between 9:00am and 4:00pm on Wednesday, June 26th.  Peter, along with Mike Fancher, former editor of the Seattle Times and Peggy Holman, co-founder of Journalism That Matters will be there.  In the spirit of Journalism That Matter’s unconferences, the conversation will center around the interests of the people who come.

    At 11:00am, Peter will say a few words about Axiom News informed by the morning’s conversations.

    Our purpose for gathering: to learn, make new connections, strengthen the web of the news and information community in the area, and to connect with other communities from around the world who are working in similar directions.

    So join us.  And bring your friends.

    Peggy Holman and Mike Fancher

    Brought to you by the Seattle Journalism Commons, a project of Journalism That Matters

     
  • Washington News Council Hearing

    10:26 am on May 30, 2013 | 0 Comment Permalink

    The Washington News Council will hold a public hearing on a complaint against The Seattle Times from Dr. Richard Wollert, a Vancouver psychologist. The hearing will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 1, at Town Hall Seattle. Audience members will be invited to vote along with the WNC’s Hearings Board. Doors open to public at 8:30 a.m. There is no admission charge.

     
  • 02/13/2012 Going Deeper than Google

    9:00 am on February 7, 2012 | 0 Comment Permalink

    Tickets and info via Eventbrite page for the Society of Professional Journalists (Western Washington Chapter) Continuing Education Series

    Bring your laptop and four media professionals will show you how to get the information you need through the web. A hands-on session that takes you beyond simple searches. Scheduled presenters include Kellie Cheadle, KING-TV; Kathy Gill, University of Washington; Cheryl Phillips, The Seattle Times; Matt Rosenberg, Public Data Ferret.

    Recommended that you read Seattle Journalism Commons’ coverage of a similar presentation with Cheryl Phillips on digging deeper into data

     
  • 02/06/2012 Beyond Journalism

    9:00 am on January 31, 2012 | 0 Comment Permalink

    Tickets and info via Eventbrite page for the Society of Professional Journalists (Western Washington Chapter) Continuing Education Series

    From researching, reporting and interviewing to writing, tech know-how and critical thinking skills, journalists make great employees in just about any communications job. And in this shifting ecomony many of us are moving in that direction. So how do you leverage your years in the news room in a new job market? What can journalists bring to public relations firms, tech start-ups and nonprofits (and what should we leave behind)? What are employers looking for and how do you adjust to a new career? Join us for a panel discussion with journalists in our region that have answered those questions for themselves. This session also includes one-on-one career change counseling.

     
  • 01/30/2012 Writing for SEO

    9:00 am on January 24, 2012 | 0 Comment Permalink
    Tags: SEO

    Tickets and info via Eventbrite page for the Society of Professional Journalists (Western Washington Chapter) Continuing Education Series

    Search Engine Optimization: What it is, who does it well (and not so well) and how to make it work for you. Whether you’re a blogger, freelancer, journalism professor or newsroom reporter, everyone has to know about keywords, metadata and headlines that grab the attention of Google bots and humans alike. Learn tricks of the trade, ask those questions you’ve been afraid to ask and compete in headline writing contests with online journalists from about town in this hands-on session.

     
  • Building a News Oasis to end hunger in Puget Sound

    9:14 am on January 12, 2012 | 0 Comment Permalink
    Tags: food deserts, King County Library Services, mobile learning, , USDA

    News Oasis post imageBy now, most people know about the epidemic of hunger. Here in the US, 1 out of 5 kids are going to bed without a solid meal — meaning every student you know is sitting next to someone in class who has to ignore the sound of their empty stomach while trying to concentrate on what the teacher is saying.

    Last year the USDA released a map and downloadable dataset of the 6,501 food deserts in America. These are places marked as “low income” and “low access” where at least a fifth of the population lives at or below the poverty line, and there isn’t a supermarket within a one-mile radius (or within a 10-mile radius in rural areas). There is an estimated 13.5 million people, 6.5 million children, nationwide who have little or no access to stores selling healthful food based on correlation with the 2000 census.

    Local news coverage of the hunger in Puget Sound is not necessarily void, but you don’t see anyone covering the “hunger” beat like they do business, sports, or entertainment. There are interesting pockets, such as Carol Smith’s story for Investigate West, where she profiled our own backyard food desert along South Seattle’s Duwamish River. Smith found that people are resorting to eating out of the river, despite the government warnings of toxic PCBs, heavy metals, and other contaminants that have resulted in a 5 year lower average life expectancy in the area. Due to a partnership with KUOW to do a radio piece, and features in places like Business Insider, her story brought in a significant traffic spike and increase in Twitter followers. However, it’s important to keep in mind that Carol’s work was only made possible by a health journalism fellowship from the California Endowment out of USC Annenberg, and doing the work she did requires a lot of effort and directed intention.

    A vital part of the mission of Journalism that Matters and the Seattle Journalism Commons is to enhance the information needs of our community and help ensure that our important stories are being told. This week our network took a critical first step by holding an all day summit in Issaquah with the aim of creating a “news oasis” that fosters vital information around hunger in Puget sound.

    Valuable local stakeholders were present in four key groups:

    Community organizers, journalists, researchers, and business modelers

    The participants:
    Linda Benson, Vice President, Community Initiatives, Hopelink | Karma Ruder, Director of Community Collaboration, Center for Ethical Leadership | Anne Stadler, Independent Civic & Social Organization Professional, Producer, KING TV (ret.) | James Whitfield, President, Leadership Eastside | Jan La Fond, Convener, Redmond Nourishing Network | Marsha Iverson, King County Library System, Public Relations Specialist | Jo Anderson Cavinta — Diversity program coordinator. Outreach Services. King County Library System | Parker Lindner — Freelance @newmediamatters.com | Ann Zavitkovsky — community enthusiast | Carole Carmichael, Assistant Managing Editor, Seattle Times | Mike Fancher, Executive editor, Seattle Times (ret.), co-founder Seattle Journalism Commons, Journalism That Matters board member | Michelle Ferrier, Associate Professor, Elon University, North Carolina, Journalism That Matters board member. Founder of locallygrownnews.com | Sheetal Agarwal, Doctoral student studying political communication and technology, Research Assistant, Instructor at University of Washington, Department of Communication | Cori Benson, UW Bothell, intern with Nourishing Networks. | Jacob Caggiano, digital strategist and co-founder Seattle Journalism Commons | Rae Levine, Rae Levine Consulting, Co-op consultant. Northwest Cooperative Development | Erin MacDougall, Program Manager Healthy Eating and Active Living, Public Health – Seattle & King County | Dave Ortiz, Cascadia Community College | Peggy Holman, Co-founder, Journalism That Matters, co-founder Seattle Journalism Commons

    Using conversational practices that support productive self-directed co-mingling, many diverse stakeholders with common goals and interested were introduced and immediately started bubbling with ideas and determination. We were sure to make it known who was absent from the room, mainly those affected by hunger, as well as young people, who were identified as potential leaders that are critical for a movement like this to succeed. It was pointed out that there are still silos that exist where community organizations and non-profits who work directly with the hungry are not interacting enough with the “good food movement” — that is supporters of policies aimed in bringing more local organic food to the dinner table.

    Ideas and Examples

    It was clear that the best thing we can do is amplify efforts that are already successful, and use those lessons to spawn new ideas that are more likely to succeed. Some existing models mentioned were:

    The 10 Percent Campaign — Hosted by North Carolina State University, a campaign to encourage farmers, businesses and communities to pledge to spend 10% of their food budgets locally. Their surveys indicate they have 4516 people and 500 businesses who have spent $12,248,980 locally since they began.

    South Whidbey — Strong community networks like The Whidbey Institute, South Whidbey Commons, South Whidbey Tilth, and an upcoming Thriving Communities conference are alive and well in that part of the region.

    The Seattle Happiness Initiative — a project of Sustainable Seattle, inspired by Gross National Happiness index used in Bhutan, and the desire to base economic decisions on not just GDP, but overall well-being. The SHI has been endorsed by The Seattle City Council and is now spreading nationally at happycounts.org.

    New ideas that we could experiment with:

    Mobile News Oasis — We were lucky to have Jo Anderson Cavinta, the Diversity Program coordinator for King County Library Systems attend a session and talk about their new mobile library vans that will deliver free computer access to areas in need. Why not take advantage of the parking lot space at churches and food banks and bring computer access to where people who need them are getting their meals? There could also be a student or community reporter on site that conducts interviews / training / publishing on the spot, as well as nutrition advice, snacking tips etc. At the Greensboro Create or Die 2 Unconference, Journalism that Matters helped incubate the Wake Up Tour, a bio-diesel powered van which provides on the ground mobile media literacy training.

    Food Moving Technology — During the 3rd Random Hacks of Kindness there were teams who set out to make apps that allow establishments who throw out food to put out a call for pickup instead. Three groups started a prototype, Bring the Food, Moving Food (Seattle based), and FoodMovr. I’m hoping there’s potential in jumpstarting this back up again, with the help of organizations like Nourishing Networks who can adopt it in their workflow. It appears Bring the Food is the furthest along on development while the other two haven’t shown much activity since June, but maybe that can change with a few emails 🙂

    SeedBombs — This came from Michelle Ferrier who was visiting us from North Carolina’s research triangle. Her locallygrownnews.com startup has a guerrilla marketing tactic of placing little plantable mud balls with seeds in them that are wrapped with business cards that advertise her “locally grown news” site. The idea of packaging food and leaving it for others to enjoy as a random act of kindness kind of rings a similar tune to the Ben’s Bells project. You could weave a community narrative together by leaving a number code that publishes a tweet or blog post via text message from the random food package recipient.

    No Rooftop Left Behind — I brought up my frustration that so many rooftops are being underutilized as potential gardens or places to install solar panels, and feel there should be a campaign to make use of every naked rooftop in the country.

    Stockbox Outreach — A team of business leaders are trying to tackle the the food desert situation by starting up a chain of “mini mini marts” that serve fresh food out of empty shipping containers. Stockbox Grocers raised over $20,000 on Kickstarter to prototype a popup store in Deldridge, which was open September – November 2011. They are now working to launch a permanent store in Spring 2012, and it would be great to load up and disseminate good information as well as good food.

    Challenges and opportunities

    Some folks in the room wanted to see more work done reporting and addressing underlying policy issues that affect the state of hunger (food prices, tariffs, corporate farm subsidies, etc.) as well as the quality of food available to those in need (healthy, organic, local), and ensuring the support of sustainable farming practices into the future. There are also questions of structural bias when you have large agricultural giants (i.e. The ConAgra Foods Foundation) contributing to programs like Feeding America.

    This led to two key discussions: 1. When you’re hungry, your first order of business is to eat, and that is the priority.   2. Focusing too much on policy and pointy headed experts alienates people and makes them feel less welcome or able to participate in the movement. As noted by James Whitfield of Leadership Eastside, “It’s really really big, and also really really small” and it’s important to focus on the emotional stories while also keeping sight on the broader overlapping issues.

    Another interesting challenge is coming up with strategies to address cultural barriers, not just structural ones. A survey in Redmond was mentioned where police found that teens would rather be arrested for stealing than face the stigma of admitting reliance on social services to get by. Many people who actually qualify for food assistance don’t even use it because of the shame that comes with it. To overcome this, it was suggested that the news oasis we are trying to build is one which transforms the community story (narrative) about food and hunger from consuming & unequal distribution (lack) to the gift exchanges happening in:

    •    the food system

    •    human capacity building initiatives for change that are linked to needed policy changes

    •    the evolution of community interdependence

    Commitments and future development

    The day ended with positive aspirations and each person writing down a single commitment to take back and start working on. On the support side, Nourishing Networks (@nourishnetworks) has launched several community chapters and is enthusiastic about bringing in more entrepreneurs into the scene. On the policy side, Erin MacDougall, was there on behalf of the Healthy Eating and Active Living Program for Seattle & King County, and is quite passionate about taking on the systemic challenges that lead to difficulty accessing good healthy food. Our agreed focus for the news oasis is to connect community and journalists around issues of community need/civic importance to:
    •    Tell stories that matter because they link to felt need in community.
    •    Support community members to tell their own stories (create, disseminate and use their own stories) and link them to the “big” stories about the whole system.
    •    Reach out to professional journalists to ampl

     
  • 01/23/2012 Photos for Phone with Josh Trujillo

    9:00 am on January 10, 2012 | 0 Comment Permalink
    Tags: Josh Trujillo

    Tickets and info via Eventbrite page for the Society of Professional Journalists (Western Washington Chapter) Continuing Education Series

    Want to take great pictures but don’t have a bulky, expensive SLR camera? Learn how to take impactful news photos with your mobile phone from award-winning Seattlepi.com photographer (and phonographer) Josh Trujillo.

     
  • 01/09/2012, Building Community in the Digital Age

    3:42 pm on January 4, 2012 | 0 Comment Permalink
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    Tickets and info via Eventbrite page for the Society of Professional Journalists (Western Washington Chapter) Continuing Education Series

    Join Tracy Record of the West Seattle Blog, Evonne Benedict of KING 5 Seattle and Amy Duncan of My Green Lake and MSNBC’s Breaking News as they discuss what it takes for journalists to build, grow and sustain great news communities in the kick-off to the 2012 SPJ Continuing Ed Series Monday at 7 p.m. at Fisher Plaza. Moderated by Monica Guzman of GeekWire.

     
  • Holiday Scoop 2011 -- Dec. 9th

    3:43 pm on December 5, 2011 | 0 Comment Permalink
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    (tickets event is now free. Info via Eventbrite page)

    It’s back. Join your friends and colleagues as we roll out the red carpet for Seattle’s biggest journalist party of the year: The Holiday Scoop 2011.

    Our 2nd annual all-media holiday party will bring together television, radio, online and print journalists. All Puget Sound-based newsroom staffers and former staffers invited.

    Dec. 9, 2011

    The Last Supper Club

    Pioneer Square

    Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    Ages 21 and over

    Let’s celebrate the holidays, great journalism and the successes of our local news organizations with emcees Lori Matsukawa of KING TV and Dave Ross of KIRO FM.

    Nosh on hors d’oeuvres and drink at our no-host bar.

    This event is not sponsored by any company or organization, but is being funded by private donations from your journalism colleagues, program ad sales and your donation of $20 per person. The suggested donation will rise to $30 at the door on the night of the event.

    New this year: Caption contest. Entries cost $10, and you can pay the entry fee in advance or at the party.

    Also new: Holiday Karaoke Throwdown. Does your newsroom have the pipes for our karaoke showdown? Individuals or groups can enter to compete our holiday carol karaoke competition for $40. Winner gets bragging rights.

    All proceeds will benefit the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship, a 25-year program for talented college students who aspire to become professional journalists.

     
  • GeekWire Gala: The Year in Geek -- Dec. 8th

    3:42 pm on December 5, 2011 | 0 Comment Permalink
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    (Tickets and info via Eventbrite page)

    Join hundreds of movers-and-shakers in the tech community, as we take a moment to celebrate “geeks who give back.”  We’ll toast the men and women of the 2012 GeekWire calendar, and  Newsmakers of the Year, but that’s not all.  Enjoy calendar-themed activities, spirited contests, techie give-aways and the geekiest of chic nights on the town, not to mention your own complimentary copy of the coveted calendar.

    What to expect: The evening will be festive without being a formal sit-down affair; hors d’oeuvres will be passed and we’ll feature a tasty buffet.  “Heavy apps” include chicken satay, teriyaki meatball lollipops, spanikopita, mac and cheese, and more.  With your admission you’ll also receive a drink ticket from GeekWire– but wait, there’s more!  The first 100 guests to arrive with a donation for the Toys for Tots drive will also receive an extra cocktail, as will those who encounter Stormtroopers from a galaxy far, far away.

    The evening’s activities: Take a swag-studded tour of the Year in Geek.  From National Umbrella Day (February 10), to National Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you), play to win fabulous prizes. Attire for this gala? No need to get formal. Fancy if you like, and flying your GeekWire red, white and black is a bonus. Fame and prizes await our “best dressed guests.”

     
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