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  • Bill Densmore 12:42 pm on May 24, 2017 Permalink  

    PHOTOS: Seven projects 

    Seven people in total agree to do action follow-ups. A recording of the discussions does not exist because Bill Densmore accidentally erased it rather than saving it. We’ll fill in the details and provide links shortly.

    1. Ben DeJarnette: I commit to be a major convenor on Gather, working with other people
    2. Ashley Alvarado: I would like to bring Open Space inside newsrooms so we can have some of these conversations there.
    3. Keegan Clements-Housser: I’m going to commit to tracking efforts about community engagement among this group and share results
    4. Simon Nyi: I commit to convene this community in real life again to build on the things we’ve discussed here.
    5. Summer Fields: I want to hire you guys and or the really on fire people in your life who care about community engagement.   At Hearken.
    6. Andrew Rockway: I want to create a short adaptable guide for journalists so they can design and facilitate community conversations in their own communities.
    7. Michelle Holmes: I’m offering to serve as a personal connector and introducer between people with new ideas and news organizations across America.


    Ashley Alvarado


  • Bill Densmore 9:11 am on May 24, 2017 Permalink
    Tags: citizens, collaborator, , engagement, experts, facilitator, gatekeeper, legacy, newsroom,   

    Nine people imagine how a 20K-circ. daily might use tools and practices for better engagement 

    How might a 20,000-circulation daily newspaper find tools and adopt practices for better engaging with existing and new audiences?  At Elevate Engagement ,  Journalism That Matters board member (and Reynolds Journalism Institute fellow) Bill Densmore discussed the topic with nine fellow conference-goers over an hour — in groups of three each.  You can listen to the discussion from here (or just click on the carat to the left of the bar below if it is showing).

    Do you have specific ideas for improving the way newsrooms connect with their audiences, listeners, viewers and citizens? What is the best way to move beyond the role of gatekeeper and into a role as facilitator, collaborator and information valet?  Post your comments below!

    BONUS LINK: What do we mean by “engagement”?  |  Another view of engagement (Peggy Holman-2015)
    Overall conference contents/outcomes

    Our commentators (left to right in photos below):


    • Alex Powers, student, Univ. of Oregon School of Journalism & Communication; ex reporter Klamath Falls [Ore.] Herald & News
    • Emily Olson, student, Univ. of Oregon School of Journalism & Communication, intern, Pendleton [Ore.] East Oregonian
    • Christine Whitney-Sanchez, Innovation Parters International, Phoenix, Ariz.



    • Suzette Riley, general manager, C&C Marketing/PR agency in Portland, Ore., and Boston; working on environmental and social issues
    • Tova Averbuch, organizational-development consultant, Holon, Israel
    • Joy Mayer, consultant, strategics and trainer around news-industry engagement, Sarasota, Fla.

    PANEL ONE: From left, Alex Powers, Emily Olson and Christine Whitney-Sanchez

    PANEL THREE: From left, Suzette Riley, Tova Averbuch and Joy Mayer

    PANEL TWO: From left, Burgess Brown, Ashley Alvarado and Todd Milbourn

  • Bill Densmore 3:44 pm on May 21, 2017 Permalink  

    ACTION COMMITMENTS: Seven projects 


    Seven people in total agree to do action follow-ups.

    Gather person: I commit to be a major convenor on Gather, working with other people

    Ashley: I would like to bring Open Space inside newsrooms so we can have some of these conversations there.

    I’m going to commit to tracking efforts about community engagement among this group and share results

    I commit to convene this community in real life again to build on the things we’ve discussed here.

    I want to hire you guys and or the really on fire people in your life who care about community engagement. At Hearken.

    I want to create a short adaptable guide for journalists so they can design and facilitate community conversations in their own communites.

    Linda Miller: I’d like to formalize listening corps in media organizations.

    I’m offering to serve as a personal connector and introducer between people with new ideas and news organizations across America.

  • Bill Densmore 3:39 pm on May 21, 2017 Permalink  

    CLOSING STATEMENTS: Participations in Elevate Engagement offer closing statements 


    46 people in the circle

    My hope is that we will evolve a method for keeping the space among use open in email, Gather, Slack, FB, phone or whatever. Don’t stop connecting; make the effort to tell the stories of your little successes and frustrations so that we an all help one another and our communities.

    Try to rememer to be a person first.

    Don’t hesitate to come and find me.

    Collapse of industry not all doom and gloom.

    Emily McDonald: Thankyou.

    Thanks for reating space of openeness and vulnerability

    Thank you.

    Onward and togetherward.

    Inspired and challenged.

    Pretty tired but ready to rest and start doing again.

    Fiona Morgan: WE are building something new, we don’tknow how yet but we have everythingwe need.

    Michell: Flock together now with love.

    Kemmin clemetowser : Let’s really collaborate, really do it.

    Peton Brun: Fight for your goals.

    Adnrew Devigali: Thank leadership and guidance and partnership that Regina provides and empowers us to do the work, important to school, Agora and community. Thank the partnership with Peggy. Fascinating working with Peggy and Tova, recognizing you are working with one Jedai and then you realize there are multiple masters. Also Ashley, Lorie, Katherine and Fiona for taking up the help of leading. Stephen, Michelle tanks for partnership and guidance. Look forward to continuing the hard work we have in front of us.

    Lorri: This is wonderful.

    Tova: Appreciates being invited and felt welcome even though she is different – nto a journalist. Thanks for something that moved me verymuch today and that was journalism is known for its storytelling role orfunctino and what I saw today is many masters of meaning-making. I want to hve at least one jurnalist in everything I do because you are master meaning makers.

    Thanks for inviting me, we have a lot of editing todo this year. I hope we’ll sit together and do it.

    Listening as a superpower. Thanks for sharingthat with me.

    Arborjournal2 — Periscope. It’s been streamed

    Peggy: Thanks for taking the time to do the appreciations. Seconed time more phenomenal than the fist. Regina thanks for making the space for us to do this work. Stephen, it has been 18 years we have invented and evolved the form you see here. Thanks for being with me on this journey. To my new found friends and partners in crime – Ashley, and Katherine and Fiona and Lorrie – they are teaching me how to be imcompetent again. Supporting a new generation in growing is a whole new muscle. Yes, we need to change the mix of who’s in the room. And re-imaging journalism in the contxt of something biggest in civic communications. And to all of you for going on this ride. It’s been an extraordinary trip.

    Never let the practical silence the apsirational.

    Thank-you all for letting me listen and I hope we can all move forward in a spirit of listening.

    I am questioning my place in journalism – bothscary and exciting. I’m looking forward to what comes next.

    We’re in te beginning. You guys can just imagine if you were in gh beginning stages of your career, your life, having an experience like this to inform your work, where you would be and the aspirations you have and the burden that it really feels like; I appreciate all of you for helping put that burden on me because it is an important one fo rus to carry.

    This weekend has een a discovery of a multitude of brilliant ideas. Some little, some big. I’ve been thinking about all those little bits of light.

    March: I truly believe that together there is nothing we cannot do.

    I never knew the tribe of engagement journalists existing until I went to People Power publishing. I lookforward to continuing to engage.

    Mike Fancerh: Graduated from SOJC almost 50 years ago and here I am. Sometime with God’s will you will be my age and you will remember this day and experience and what blessing that is.

    Linda Miller: Dandelions and weeds. Let’s not forget about the weeds in our midst and they have a certain beautiy and place in our yard and they spread.

    Ashley: Can’t do aprpeicateions with weaping. When you are struggling to believe and are not sure about what you are doing this is the group that will give n an oxygen mask.

    Stehen: Foloow yourown weird.

    Joy: Leaving with a psirit that he umbrella over the tribe in this room is broad enough to support people who aren’t here.

    Tobin Miller; I’m seeing all thse amazing opportunities of these fields coming together.

    My hope is that we will evolve a method for keeping the space among use open in email, Gather, Slack, FB, phone or whatever. Don’t stop connecting; make the effort to tell the stories of your little successes and frustrations so that we an all help one another and our communities.

    Mike Green: Thank the organizers for this space and time. Applause please. Leaving here having increased my network by at least 100 people. My social capital bank account is exploding right now.

    Christine Whitney Sanchez: Thanks for allowing me into your village. Lawyers and journalists are going to save us

    Tanks for allowing me into your village and the garvey methaphoris prevalent because it is organic. This is a natural season of change. You are the chroniclers and the meaning makers. Soemtimes dandelions are feeds and sometimes they are food. I hope we can turn that around. AS a gardener with way too many seeds.

    Robin Teeter: Elevate the voice of citizens and improve public discourse. Our work is your work and your work is really our work. Thank-you for the oppirtnity to be reborn.

    Carl Eisenback: Revolution. One word we are all part of.

    Thanks for creativity and openness and for so many good ideas to steal.

    Ivon: IN journaism for 35 years, feels very encouraged after this conference.

    Elain: Wasn’t sure I would be able to make it. I was here at first one. This experience has been different I think ti is an elevation from lsat time and I am greatful to you for suffering me. Last time I was wearing a T-shirt that had poop on it and said get shit done. Check out my earings this time.

    I keep looking at thoese flowers, there is diversity in there and they are beautiful – tulips, irises, daisies and it reminds me of all of us here. I can’t express how much I appreciate you all.

    I’ve been thinking about a conversation Elaine and I had. A student journalist yesterday made the point that the conflicted feelings I have is not a bad thing and that we are on theright track towards doing something about it. It’s a good thing.

    Katherine Thier: When I was a journalist I was very frustrated by the fact there was no space in the newsroom for these types of ideas and it was very very painful. I felt at war with myself and what journalism was supposed to be about. Being here shows there are so many other people care and who are now actively working to make a difference. That’s really inspiring to me and I want to bring that back to my students because they are gong to be the next generation trying to do this.

    Simon: Coming out of this struck by how many of us are trying to accomplish the same things and how deeply shared a lot of our alues are but we are also able to productively challene ach other at the same time. I feel we’re at an inflection point, where people need to talk to each other about similar projects This can be the start of the transition of working on projects independently butbringing them together.

    Regina: Thanks for your commitment of your time. Without Mike Fancher there wouldn’t not have been an Agora Journalism Center. Without JTM there would not have been this really unique program. Without Andrew none of thise would have happened.

    Alisha: I’m ot a journalist but I exist in a weird in-between space. This experience has shown me that working for shared values and a better world can be joyful, fun, give me energy rathr than crashing into bed at night and seeing nobody. It feels like a human way of working.

    Amy: I had no idea what to expect when I got here. I had not to be an event like this before. I’ve learned a ton. I will takeit back to the newsroom. I did nto expect to meet so many people who care for journalims and are routing for journliasts to succeed. Thank-you all for that.

  • Bill Densmore 3:09 pm on May 21, 2017 Permalink  

    LINKS: To photos and audio from Elevate Engagement 

    View photos from Elevate Engagement at this link:

    Listen to MP3 audio files within this folder:

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  • Bill Densmore 5:56 am on May 21, 2017 Permalink  

    ONE LINERS: Aspirations, admonitions, suggestions and celebrations midday on Saturday 

    Short-form one-line aspirations mid-day on Saturday

    1. I contain multitudes
    2. Writing
    3. If journalism was like gardening how would we change the world?
    4. Stay in the new
    5. Motivated
    6. Deeply touched
    7. Harmony
    8. Community first
    9. You are not alone in this endeavor
    10. Hunger
    11. Empathy
    12. I feel driven
    13. Learn from the past
    14. Spreading this to my colleagues
    15. Value relationships
    16. Each of us, all of us
    17. Have a little faith
    18. Gratitude
    19. Present and moving
    20. Always learning
    21. Purpose
    22. Advocating and incorporating
    23. This is how we do it
    24. Part of a community
    25. Keep the faith
    26. Let’s get down
    27. Circle not line
    28. Stay nimble
    29. Radical disrupt-ivation
    30. Embrace courage as learning
    31. Much is possible
    32. Enlightened
    33. Let’s all do something together or party together
    34. Totally inspired
    35. Compost
    36. Solidarity
    37. Include more youth
    38. Radically hopeful
    39. Growling – that’s my stomach I didn’t have breakfast – better future
    40. So much potential
    41. Encouraging
    42. Find direction and take the next elegant minimum step
    43. Collaboration
    44. Collective mindfulness
    45. Ready to move forward
    46. Give a shit
    47. Hopeful and unquiet
    48. Educating my educators
    49. Ditto all of the above
    50. Opportunities for unexpected collaboration
    51. Plant, nurture, harvest hope
    52. Rekindling trust and commitment with compassion
    53. People don’t care what you know until they know that you care
    54. Follow your smile and share your gifts
    55. Just thinking where our connections can all take us
    56. We’ve created a community of smiling eyes – now what will we do with it?
    57. All the things
    58. Make the transition
    59. A good society is a society of happy losers
    60. Collaborating to tell good stories
    61. No one answer
    62. Burn it down
    63. We’re shiny-eyed doers and we’re in it together
    64. Don’t ask for permission to start change just start it
    65. W are all valuable and show up as a person first
    66. Two-way trust
    67. Passion fuels truth
    68. Implement
    69. Connectivity
    70. I’m sorry, I’m feeling overwhelmed and really burdened by all the things that need still to be done
    71. Grading pleasure, purpose and courage
    72. Re-energized, reinvigorated and ready to make change
    73. Connecting institutions with each other in the service of learning from each other
    74. Stay curious
    75. There’s going to be kereoke tonight at the Elgar
    76. I’m hear kind by accident I have to admit but maybe it wasn’t an accident
    77. Engage, be vulnerable and connect for its own sake with no means to an end
    78. Come together (singing)
    79. Terrifying responsibility
    80. Tired and inspired
    81. Applause from a gesture
    82. After that?
    83. Tired but knowing that we can, we must do better day by day
    84. Learning to ask the right questions
    85. Addictive engagement and contagious opportunities
    86. Balancing our thinking centers of logic, creativity and unity
    87. Truly human
    88. In a spirit of inquiry, who am I, and who am I with you?
    89. When I think of wealth I think of this
    90. Dive in head first
    91. Finding new ways
    92. Just do it

  • Bill Densmore 8:51 am on May 20, 2017 Permalink  

    SATURDAY MORNING REFLECTIONS: Regina Lawrence and students at Oregon SOJC 

    Regina Lawrence opens the day with reflections on yesterday. She felt there was a powerful theme on Friday that needs to be named. About frustration, anger, disillusionment, felt by whole swaths of our society who feel they have been left without a voice, or without an equal voice and they don’t have the opportiunities that others have to be heard, or that they havebeen represented for years over a generation of time. I thought that need to be named, and recognized and acknowledged.

    So what do we do? And I say tht with appropriate humility that these problems have been created over generations, they won’t be fixed over a weekend.

    She compares it to the situated reported by NPR about the foam in the Challenger shuttle disaster.

    The visual artist decribes her perceptions of the first two days


    Seven University of Oregon and other journalism students talk about what they’ve learned in the first two days.

    Matt Yitty, junior, SOJC, biggest takeaway, I need to always stay in a place where I don’t know what I’m doing because if I ever come out of this humble and scared place, then I’m not learning anymore and that doesn’t do anybody any justice.

    Matt, third-year journalism student: In community-level journalism he was frustrated about the institutional view vs. the actual role of the journalist – the for-profit business model being part of that. His biggest takeaway is he has met incredible people, heard incredible talks – there is no magic bullet or instant cure for how to get journalists back into the community and do the job successfully. I’ve heaerd great small answers that will build into something sustainable. Something we can look forward to.

    Pan Bruni, sophomore, SOJ: This has been an awesome experience, an awesome group of people talking about ideas you are passionate about. I never thought I would be a part of something like this, growing up. That is humbling. Any work you have to do to be part of this community is 100% worth it. There are so many people who regardless of how they grew up or came from, all have these similar ideas and goals they want to work toa chieve and that is amazing to hear. Regardless of where you came from you can have the same goals and wants to achieve those, and canb e willing to do what you want to achieve those. How do you reach out to all these different demographics and connect with them? This right here is a great example of how you do that – bring people together who wouldn’t ordinarily talk to each other.

    August, senior, SOJC: His small takeaway – learning how to interact with community. Staying trurthful to the core truth of journalism. A lot of small takeaways that will empower my journalism as I go forward.

    Emily, grad student in SOJC, master’s program. I could write for days about all the things Ive learned here. Above all else we need to listentoo peoplel’s lived experience.

    Sophomore, SOJC: It’s OK to be uncomfortable and the best stories come when you break past your own borders and the definitiosn to already have.

    One of the biggest takeaways Thursday night – there are a lot of doers in the room. I’m going to pose the irst question we got.

    Q: How do we feel about the media industry in flux:


    I can’t speak for the group. Does anyone else feel excited about eh crumbling of the institution of traditional journalism? (I think this is Matt’s question) What if we started thinking about the community as your newsroom. When you need reinforcement or validation, what about thinking of the community as the place where we do that? WE learn the structure of the institution of jouranism. I would like to encourage anyone else who is dealing with the industry in flux, maybe it is time to think of a post-industry journalism – moving it away from the institution.

    Q: How does this sconference conflict with orjive with what we’re learnin in the J-school?

    I talked about this a bit. I’m just starting as a J-student and the hardest and biggest roadblock is to try to remove myself and be objective. But I’ve learned from this conference that my identity as a journalist matters and it is more important to be transparent as objective.

    Q: What makes you most uncomfortable?

    What makes me most uncomfortable is feeling you’re the only person in a room. If you feel like you are not with people that you have a connection with or some kind of shared suffering with. If you are with people you don’t have a connection with that is a hard experience and hard to break out of your shell ot have a conversation.

    I would second that in that I think a lot of us are introverts by nature and for me something that has been a learning experience is going to those uncomfortable situations because that I what we are all here to do, to see the people that we don’t have that recognizable connection with to begin with. And our job is to find and share that connection. As hard as that may be for us, I think we have to all be uncomfortable throughout our entire career and that’s a good thing.

    What makes me most uncomfortable is the idea that I don’t know what I’m doing. A shot in the dark.

    Q: How do you change your idea of journalism, of what journalism should be doing or can be doing at this conference?

    I don’t know if this speaks to the J school ro just me but I came into this conference not knowing what journalism is or should be; we haven’t had a consistent definition of that in my generation and this conference has showed me thatit is more open than I imagined, there are all these possibilities. End of the day journalism is losing a definition and that’s the best thing for it.

    My view hasn’t changed. We hear buzzwords especially. That’s the personification of the idnsutry, people are throwing out words and seeing what sticks and we are all trying to figure out what this looks like a year from now, two years, 10 yars. But the mission ahsn’t changed. Once you strip away the mechanisms the role doesn’t change. In our hearts we are essentially activists. They way we choose to do that, that should be in flux. But this one of work – serving a community – that does not change.

    Q: Do your parents support your career goals or do they think you’re nuts?

    They do support me in my career choices. I’m their third child so by the third they are kind of OK. Anything I want from the people here, I graduated one month from yesterday and I still have a job.

    Coming from two engineers and sthree siblings in the STEM field my parents do think I’m kind of psycho in this field. I had an itnresting conversation yestray wyt Taylan andher group trying to balance this new social marketing and story telling with for-profit and not trying to commercialize stories for peoples lives. I’m excited. And I want a job too!

    My situation is that my parents don’t support journalism necessarily. Anytime I talk to a family member, so what are you studying, they say, “Oh, hmm.” They are also very supportive in that myself and my siblings are the first generation in my family that are actually going to college so they are very happy that even if it is not something that they would like to see, they want to see me go out and get a degree in science at be a millionare, but that doesn’t sound very fun. But they are very supporting in that I am doing what I love now and if you do what you love you never work a day in your life. Also, I want a job.

    I’ve got one parent who thinks that like many that the media isn’t trustworthy and one parent who refuses to turn on the TV or read the paper because it is too much so for me it ahs been about trying to educate them on what I’m learning and doing and sometimes that’s disappoint for them, and sometimes exciting. But all the time it hs been a way for me to learn from them because so many people who aren’t in this room aren’t engrained in the environment, have the same feelings they do. If we surround ourselves by everyone in this room, we don’t get to see that.

    I’m not a kid. I’ve been to college once already. Do my parents think I’m crazy? This is my second time in college. My dad didn’t graduate high school. My dad stopped trying to figure out what I’m doing with my life 8-9 years ago. What matters to him – whether we disagree, he is proud of me for doing something I’m passionate about, that I care about . . . I hope that you are at the end of the day doing something you are passionate about.

    I was an undergraudtae English major. My parents are delighted that I’ve picked a direction. I’m not the typical example. I feel that pressure from a lot of people who want to know what you want to do. It has never gotten easier. As far as what we need outside this room. People tell you there is room to engage, but on the other side it is so competitive. I don’t know how to reconcile those. We need to insert ourselves in the newsroom but I don’t know if there is a space for that. These big newsrooms take one intern. We’re the future. We’re your readers. I don’t know why we’re not welcome at the able.

  • Bill Densmore 8:21 am on May 20, 2017 Permalink  

    GRAPHIC RECORDING: Rebuilding Trust breakout 

    Here is the visual report from the trust breakout.

  • Bill Densmore 4:18 pm on May 19, 2017 Permalink  

    FRIDAY REFLECTIONS: From 4 p.m. on Friday we begin to synthesize the experience 


    How do we elevate engagemement for communities to thrive?
    An end of day exercise. People speak a comment on that question and folks in the circle either sit down or stay standing.    


    Journalists need to be relationship not transactional with the communities they serve.

    Journalists need to approach journalism as members of communities

    What would it mean if we stepped outside our different engagement silos as organizers, facilitators, artists, journalist and whatever else and actually engaged aross those silos to make a bigger difference?

    Engagemement can start by seeking out the curiosities of your audiences and the information gaps they have and starting your reporting there.

    Journalsits need to open space for midwifing the communities’ stories.

    Journalists should go beyond highlighting the divisions.

    Accept that a lot of people don’t trust us enough to engage with us.

    By fostering partnerships between those of us engaged in public engagement work as facilitiators with journalists, that will move us forward in a juicy way.

    We need to figure out how to work together because we have to, in a way that sustains everyone involved in that partnership

    To elevate engagement we have to figure out how to get people to pay for engagement and create the mechanisms for that.

    Codify and standardize this kind of process in newsrooms across the country every month.

    Reporters have to get out and cover the damn grass roots movements in the communities – I apologize for cursing.

    We need to stop looking at faith communities as problems or as problems we need to fix and stop practicing missionary journalism and do what we think the communities are interested in in.

    Change the status quo.

    Some project missions seem similar so to elevate engagement some of us have to work together and merge projects.

    It’s important to develop a common vocabulary for developing clarity and understanding.

    NEXT, general reflections at the end of Day 2

    It is great to start a aconversation, go into that conversation, listen and learn from you without having any fear. Jerome.

    I wanted to thank all the nonjournalists who I’ve met here and who have spoken up. We do a good job of talking to each other — but not listening. Thanks. Alicia Montgomery.

    Thank Monsoor for the session on voices of kids with mental-health issues not being captured and how to get them to write, even for themselves. Saboobin.

    Mike Fancher: It’s occurring to me that a lot of this I have been involved in this for awhile. It is far more important than I ever knew, when I think about the state of our country and our democracy, we have to succeed, we have to find this path and stay on it.

    King Clemnschower – One of the most refreshing things of being here — Every is working toward the same goal but approaching it from different angles. Everyone here is trying to figure out the same thing I am; any conversation, something useful will come of it. All of the disagreement has been respectful and confortable. There is no fear about voicing dissent, even if you are in the minority someone is going to talk to you about it.

    Peggy Holman: Picking up on these last two themes. Regarding Mike’s comment about urgency: A scholar has sayd that cultures die within a generation when they cease to have a positive vision about their own future. Think of the role of journalists as storytellers – it’s chilling. Jervis Bush said where generative images emerge – something like sustainable development – someone coined the term, it generated incredible creativitiy. Generative images, where they emerge help us to imagine a future. Journalists have a role to play in that. Add too the observation —  are being kind to each other? The form of discourse that’s the norm in our culture is debate – the Latin meaning is to beat down – and it is what we have been culturally doing with each other. What we are doing here is being seeded by another form of discourse called dialogue – “meaning flowing through” – curiosity and inquiry and making connections and discovering differences are a source of innovation and creativity. I would never have been able to do that on our own. We need those conversations. Imagine a journalism that is guided by dialogue, that comes from a dialogic point of view.

    My open space sessions were essentially one on one. One was: “Can I practice listening to you?” It was just Michelle and me. But that was quality time of becoming vulnerable to someone in the room. And I went from Michelle on to Mike Fancher. Something about today — when you kept speaking about running into people at the right time. Let the time happen and flow, I just kept that in mind all day. I won’t run from a conversation. For my session I thought no one was coming. When Mike showed up, he said he was looking for the session called by the person who called themself a recent college grad. We took our session outside and walked along the water. Today has been awesome.

    Jason Preston: I’m not a journalist and just showed up, but adding things to the pool that can be thought about over the remainder of this event. I do help create and support a community of people who want to put a dent in the universe. We do that through shared experiences and getting people together in person. The experiences I’m are related – they are the building blocks of community engagement and empowerment. Think about how those building blocks can be brought into the journalism that you do and the people around you.

    Taylen: Many people I’ve met today work for nonprofit newsrooms, few work for for-profit newsrooms like me. What is the future of journalism and engagement when we’re money and profit focused? How can journalism sustain itself when even if you are a non-profit you have to listen to people who are paying your bills and writing your paycheck?

    David, from a nonprofit online magazine that writes about issues important to the people of Michigan. We are trying to expand our audience and have people more involved about the issues important to people in our state. What I’d like to see before I go, is more concrete ideas, something I can take back to other folks that are the kinds of things that work, that you can quantify. There has been lots of interesting talk and smart people, but also a lot of stuff that sounds like academic nonsense – I don’t mean to be negative but I don’t know what some of this stuff means. I want something that we can use, even with your NGOs, they want to see growth, the foundations, and more time on page. To talk about things that make us feel good but also expand our message.

    I want to second what David just started. Not to be answered right now. I dare ask the question: If the gathering were to end now, sleep on this question: What can you take from this day and a half that you can employ tomorrow in your business or profession? See if it fits to a newsroom, and business, your big family.

    I’m thinking about the difference between being beaten up and beaten down. A point Peggy has made. It seems like both are going on. Where is engagement headed? The other thing: I’m not a touchy feely person — don’t let my sweater deceive you. I recognize some of what the person previously said about academic language that maybe doesn’t feel quite as tangible as it should be. But I also don’t think we are engaging in touchy feely and that makes me glad I’m here. I’d like to put my time and energy into things that are more concrete and maybe trickle in over time.

    Mike Green: I want to say thanks to that. I was in her session and it was very impactful because we did talk about the emotional aspect, the fluffy, the thing that when people read what you write and consume what you produce they don’t consume it in a vacume, they bring their prejudices. People understood that. We had three minutes to solve the world’s problems. In that three minutes something I didn’t know about myself I discovered. What would you do if you had to adopt your own child? And there were all these various ramifications depending on your lifestyle you lead. In a group of three there were two of us who actually had to adopt our own child. We decided to make a game, pick your life, navigate through the issues; imagine writing an op-ed about your decisions, find a couple and walk them through that process of adopting your own child. It is a multimedia package we produced inside of four minutes.

    I learned I could collect three business cards, two of which are going to my alt weekly and one is going to a major funder to see if we can replicate it in our state. I also referred someone here to a big nonprofit institution in our community. It would be interesting to find out how many business cards were swapped and who was swapping them.

    I’m Tom, age 57, and I’ve been doing journalism since I was 15. Kids this is the shittiest time we have every been in. We have government and journalism kicking each other. Those who want to still do this work, God bless them!

    Michelle Ferrier: We’re talking about elevating engagement for communities to thrive. There are some communities we don’t have trust in. One Tweet is a woman from Ferguson who’s brother had been killed the day before. She said I’m going to tell you about it before the word gets out. How do we arive at a point of engagement when communities are afraid to engage? We haven’t shown our ability to listen or connect. The work we have to do as journalists will take time to do, especially in underserved and underrepresented communities.

    Ann Stadler: OTIS — The elevator principle. OTIS – only the important stuff. I want to recommend the OTIS principle that we are acting upon.

  • Bill Densmore 9:25 am on May 19, 2017 Permalink  

    A HEARTY STEW: A list or some of the breakout ideas we are considering today 

    Here are notes of many of the breakout sessions called this morning to Elevate Engagement participants. Most of them will post notes in coming days. Watch for them.

    Annie Anderson – How do we define community

    Keegan – How do we help communities become active participants?

    Why is, why come, why note – using questions to create reflect etc. sedette

    Jessie Arbin – How do you qnatify inmpact of an engagement project?

    Why stop at listening, how do you meet people where they are and cover their uses – Lisa

    How can our apparent differences be fuel for right action, … reaching out and doing something. Bob

    How can we document effectivelyhow engagement matters – documenting impact – Regina

    May I practice listening by listening to you?

    Taylin – How do we get reporters and editors to actively learn from our readers?

    How do we engage immigrant communities across language and culture – Daniel

    How do we gage ethinc media in building communities and trust? Anthony

    Adin – How can journalism foster truly wise community participatory decision making?

    Eleanor – How can the media model sustain nuanced breakthrough conversations over time on breakthrough issues

    Lauren How do newsrooms measure loyalty

    Pamela – What are some of the tools that can utilize or tore trust and transporacy on public interest news.

    Gracie: How do youconinve decision makers that this engagement work is worth the investment.

    Segu Winston: I changed question as I was standing in line. How does newsroom has an ongoing conversation with people independent of whether they are doing projects or not

    Katherine: Seeking authenticate ways to connect both inter and intra in rural comuhities around the world

    How can engagement benefit from international cooperator

    Jake: As educators how do we empower students with hands on engagement experience? A lot of students don’t have an inherent audience.

    Ben and Eve: Part of Gather platform. What are the lesons we’ve all learned about supporting a community of practie through high or low tech

    Claudia, graduated from college a week ago tomorrow – As a recent college grad and understanding your role. How?

    Prism: What would journalis look like in a new socialeconomic system that puts people before profit

    Alicia; What are activites or ways to spark new civic media endeavor or a cultural co-creation space especially in nonmetro areas and especially centering on unheard communities.

    Cirstine: What might happen if journalists and public utiltieis co-convened conversations on economic deelopment and sustainablility.

    What does journalism do? How do we study its impact on social change so we can seve those needs?

    Lillian: Engaging reader wallets – how can we learn their trust to the point they will pay for journalism.

    Rodney: How do we move online video from one way broadcast to two way engagement

    March: How can we finalize and expand the role of community reader in illuminating community social challenges and being a force for collaborative solutions?

    How can one make a living as an engagement professional without being co=opted by marketing?

    JoEllen: How do newsrooms pay for the hard work of engagement

    Tom: I’m going to all the money sessions. How do legacy media apply open engagement to tell more poignant stories

    Simon: How to build bridges between people in this room and local newsrooms tht aren’t here who have been doing engagement for a long time but don’t’ call it that.

    Linda == APM How can we change workplace newsroom culture to embrace and model inclusions

    Jessica Maria Ross: How might we structure live community story sharing events for live large groups that move … solutions forward?

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