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Come examine the petri dish of journalism experimentation — Jan. 7-10

Submitted by Bill Densmore on Fri, 11/13/2009 – 5:24am


WHEN: Jan. 7-10, 2010
WHERE: Univ. of Washington, Seattle

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  • Across the United States, the media ecosystem is quickly evolving. Some main-stream news organizations are shrinking, as advertising decouples from journalism. Remarkable new technologies and the work of committed citizens are making it easier for us to build unique communities that share civic passion and purpose.

    In the Pacific Northwest, this evolution is proceeding rapidly. What’s starting to work? How are the information needs of communities being met? What ongoing role should legacy media be playing? How can the public and journalists collaborate?

    To find out, the Journalism That Matters collaborative is convening our first event focused on a region. And we’d like to invite you to look in on this experimental petri dish — and learn how you can replicate the experiments in your home region’s laboratories.

    So please book your travel for some or all of Jan. 7-10. Join some 150 editors, writers, broacasters, bloggers, producers, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, educators, students, digital entrepreneurs, media activists, community journalists, public advocates and public-policy experts for, “Reimagining News and Community in the Pacific Northwest.”

    “Reimaging News,” is sponsored by Microsoft Corp. and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with additional help from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism and the University of Washington.
    WHY NOW?

    The impetus for JTM-Pacific Northwest is this call to action:

    Journalism is at a crossroads.  What will support its basic values,
    while adapting its practice to new economic, social and technological
    realities?  The northwest is alive with media innovations that can
    help us understand what is happening in the nation’s traditional and
    emerging news organizations to ensure the vitality of “journalism that
    matters” that serves the public.


    In partnership with the UW Department of Communication and its Masters
    of Communication in Digital Media program, we shall convene some of
    the best minds in the region to:

    *  Understand the promise – and pitfalls – of the emerging news
    ecology – the information exchange among the public, government, and
    institutions that informs, inspires, engages, and activates

    *  Foster lasting connections among regional journalists and the
    communities they serve

    *  Surface new partnerships and innovations for a healthy northwest
    and national ecosystem


    *  Greater clarity and commitment to the many projects and ideas
    participants bring with them

    *  New and unexpected partnerships between participants

    *  Journalism innovations seeded throughout the northwest

    *  Deeper understanding of emerging relationships among journalism,
    communities, and democracy

    *  Beginnings of a community of practice among people in the northwest
    who care about journalism and civic engagement


    The opening day includes a “News and Information Commons”, with tables
    hosted by people from the wide range of Northwest media
    organizations.  Following dinner, we’ll have 3 “conversation
    catalysts” talk briefly:

    For the people: Norman Rice, former Seattle mayor and current president and CEO of the Seattle Foundation

    For the press: Tracy Record, co-publisher and editor,

    And a “shape-shifter”, putting a twist on what’s possible: Chris
    Jordan, artist, currently showing at the Pacific Science Center –

    We’ll follow the talks with a “World Café” conversation among

    The rest of the confab uses JTM’s signature process mode – Open Space
    Technology. They key goal of this process — blur the lines between participants and presenters. We acknowledge that every participant brings know that will can make them a presenter.

    Whether you plan to attend or not, follow the work of Journalism that Matters at our website, or via our Twitter feed — @jtmstream . . . . .

    — Bill Densmore, Peggy Holman, Stephen Silha, Mike Fancher, Chris Peck and the entire JTM community

    Bill Densmore, director/editor
    The Media Giraffe Project
    Univ. of Massachusetts
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