The Program

All plenary activities are in St. Andrews Hall, Wayne State University or in an open-space, 400-seat dining commons which we’ll have for our exclusive use.

Thursday, June 3, 2010: Understanding the context


12:00 – 6:00 p.m. Located in St. Andrews Hall, Wayne State University


2:00 – 3:30pm Welcome to conference participants

3:30 – 4:00pm Break

4:00 – 5:30pm *****  Innovation Expo ****   (St. Andrews Hall)

What news and information innovations are you doing that reach and activate diverse communities?

Media providers share their work through informal displays and conversations.

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

5:30 – 6:30pm Circulating dinner — Towers Cafe (in residence hall)

Buffet style, with plenty of opportunity for networking. Knives optional — eat with one hand, hold your plate in the other, and keep circulating — or settle at one of the tables.

6:30 – 7:30 Perspectives on Innovation in News and Innovation — (Towers Cafe)

Perspectives on innovations that reshape journalism so that it engages and serves all people and communities

7:30 – 9:30pm World Café conversation:

What innovations are reshaping news and information so that it engages and serves all people & communities?

We’ll cross-pollinate ideas among our diverse participants to build on the opening comments.

Outcome: Orientation to current and possible innovations in the media landscape that includes a broader range of voices. The result: A foundation for richer conversations on journalism innovations by and for diverse voices.


Friday, June 4 — Innovate: Explore/design ideas/projects

  • Purpose: To explore a wide range of innovative possibilities at the intersection of journalism, technology, and diversity
  • Organizing question: How do we nurture the innovators and serve the communities of the new news and information landscape?”
  • Structure: We’ll use “open-space technology” to organize our activity. Breakout sessions are hosted by participants on the topics of their choice.

8:15 – 8:45 am Continental breakfast and networking (St. Andrews Hall)

9:00am  Agenda Creation

Session topics are chosen by participants.

10:30am Breakout Sessions 1

Noon – 1:30pm Lunch provided in St. Andrews Hall

1:30pm   Breakout Sessions 2

3:00pm Breakout Sessions 3

4:30 – 5:30 pm Closing — What did we do today?

Outcomes: Topics of most interest explored in-depth.  Specific project teams begin taking shape.

7:00pm Dinner and briefing on Time, Inc.s’ Assignment Detroit at the Charles H. Wright African American Museum

Hear a few words from Steven Grey, Correspondent, Time Magazine on a year in the life of the city of Detroit.  Then tour the Wright Museum as you interact with other participants.


Saturday, June 5 — Incubate: What’s your next step?

  • Purpose: To provide space for developing projects and taking action on initiatives which have life beyond this event.

8:15 – 8:45am  Continental breakfast and networking

9:00am Opening for the day

Paul Zube on MSU research on media localism and ownership

Organizing the day – agenda creation

Session topics are chosen by participants.They can last a few minutes, a few hours, or all day, if that’s what a project team decides.

10:30am Breakout Sessions 1

Noon – 1:30p.m. Lunch provided

1:30pm Breakout Sessions 2

3:00pm Breakout Sessions 3

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Closing

Common themes: What new directions for including all voices are emerging?

Outcomes.  Ideas generated, partnerships formed, current initiatives revitalized, new initiatives identified, the relationships among journalism, technology, and diverse voices strengthened.


Sunday, June 6, Initiate: Bringing it on Home

Purpose: Give projects and other initiatives a boost before we head home.

8:15 – 8:45 am Continental breakfast and networking

9:00 – 11:30 Project Pitches

Project teams pitch their ideas and get feedback from invited coaches, including Jan Schaffer of J-Lab, and Jennifer 8. Lee, Judge, Knight Foundation, Roger Gafke, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

11:30 – Noon  Closing

(Lunch venue suggestion for post-event discussions: Union Street, 4145 Woodward Ave., (313) 831-3965)