About the Innovation Expo

Participants share their work through informal table displays and conversations. 

For information on hosting a table, contact us at jtm@journalismthatmatters.org.

Arts in journalism/The Center for Investigative Reporting, Meghann Farnsworth, Center for Investigative Reporting + Reveal

Showcasing our work with the Off/Page Project (where we connect poets to our journalism), our StoryWorks collab where we work with theater groups to present our work for the stage, and Eyes on Oakland, our work with artists using a van to engage Oakland residents around surveillance.

Banyan Project, Tom Stites, Banyan Project

The Banyan Project is pioneering a new cooperative-owned model for community-level Web journalism that promises a deeper level of engagement than journalism has ever known.  That’s because Banyan-model news co-ops are structured so that a large number of local readers will actually own the independent community institution that reports and publishes their community’s news.

All co-ops are governed on a one-member/one-vote basis, and this direct democracy ensures seriously deep engagement, as do other aspects of the Banyan model.  The pilot news co-op on Banyan’s model is being organized now in Haverhill, Mass., and Banyan is developing  distinctive open source digital tools to build and track co-op membership, invite member collaboration in the editorial process, and bring readers together into issue forums where they can organize to work in pursuit of constructive community change.

Community mapping for environmental health, Jacob Caggiano, SmarterCleanup.org

We are building a free and open source mapping platform that empowers communities to organize and collaborate on issues affecting their environmental health.

Our pilot program is for residents living along the polluted Duwamish River superfund site in Seattle, WA – and is called Hey Duwamish! http://heyduwamish.org

We are here to do more than just show you a cool demo, we want to plant a seed in your head and start thinking about new possibilities for place based community engagement in your part of the world. There are a number of really interesting scenarios that can benefit from the collaborative tools and methodologies we are building, so let’s have a conversation about it! 🙂

Learn more about our project and partnerships at: http://smartercleanup.org

Design + Culture Lab, Joy Davis

Using a comprehensive and collaborative method that draws on strong relationships with local communities and a deep understanding of their issues, Design+Culture Lab provides a unique consulting service that serves as the glue between disadvantaged community members and urban practitioners within the construction of their environment. By addressing the complex spatial issues associated with cultural, racial, and ethnic inequality , Design+Culture Lab is one of the few that work in the intersection between identity and place.


Education Lab, Caitlin Moran, Seattle Times

Education Lab is a Seattle Times project that spotlights promising approaches to some of the most persistent challenges in public education. It is produced in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network, a New York-based nonprofit that works to spread the practice of solutions-oriented journalism, and funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Empathetic Media, Dan Archer

We build immersive first-person environments that are made to be explored across multiple media: graphic journalism, interactive multimedia, animated documentaries.

Experimenting with Data Visualization & Animation, Susan Gleason, YES! Magazine

At YES! Magazine, we’ve been experimenting over the years with infographics, data visualization, and most recently, animated video. If this is of interest to you and your organization, let’s swap notes, successes, and challenges!

Ground Source, Andrew Haeg

GroundSource helps organizations listen to their communities. We seamlessly blending mobile messaging with CRM and publishing to make genuine engagement simple and scalable. We’re like MailChimp + SurveyMonkey for the mobile, always-on age.

GroundSource offers an all-in-one engagement engine simple enough for a solo practitioner to use, but robust enough to serve the entire enterprise. We start with the lowest-barrier technologies (SMS and voice) to enable inclusive outreach, and channel engagement online where people can share pictures, videos and audio to provide more context and data.

Hidden Hunger Storybooth, jesikah maria ross, Capital Public Radio

What does it look like when when a public radio newsroom takes on community engagement to come up with new ways to co-create stories, community activities, and public conversations?  Come find out!  jesikah maria ross will share images, info, swag, and backstory on CapRadio’s Hidden Hunger Documentary Project  focusing on recent public events that were part civic meet up, part literary salon, and part dinner party!


How to Be a Citizen Journalist, Lisa Loving

Don’t hate the media — become the media. How-to’s, story assignments, expertise and real-life contacts at Lisa’s place on the web, “How to Be a Citizen Journalist”

Lisa Loving is a newspaper and radio journalist specializing in crucial grassroots stories that too often go untold. Her new book, “How to Be a Citizen Journalist,” is a reporting how-to for non-journalists covering the basics from fact-checking to story structure and much more.
Her areas of focus at the Experience Expo include techniques and ethics can we put on the table for aspiring reporters blazing their own trail to relevance; drafting a list of Citizen Journalism ‘House Rules’ to set standards for this galloping industry; and looking at what avenues would-be reporters have for training besides college programs. If you are already an independent blogger or podcaster, where do you see the industry going in five years, and what needs or opportunities do you see? “How to Be a Citizen Journalist” is due out in 2017 via Microcosm Publishing.

New Works /World Traditions, Michelle Bach-Coulibaly, Brown University

New Works is a transnational performance ensemble that utilizes research-to-performance methodologies towards the development of new theatre for the concert stage, educational outreach programs, and for international exchange projects. Recent collaborations include work with Buddhist scholar Dr. Paula Arai in the development of BONE WAVES, a new multi-media work about the nature of dark matter, bone cancer and the Heart Sutra. With Hip-Hop troupe Project401, PUT UP YOUR DUKZ was developed for the concert stage and toured throughout New England. With Gao Yanjinza (Beijing Modern Dance Company), Brian Reeder (American Ballet Theatre), and Salimatou Soumare (Troupe Yeredon) from Mali, West Africa, a new work entitled HOUSE OF GHOSTS was premiered for stage and television. Members of New Works have traveled to Mali, West Africa to collaborate on several international festivals, The Rhythm of Change Festival, The Communal Bowl and for The Bloodline Project, which brought together global healthcare practitioners with non-governmental organizations, professional institutions and artist-activists for performance symposiums on Malaria prevention, Malnutrition and Educational Advancement. We write original music, text, create films, set designs, and work with world- class artists from Africa, Asia, the Global South, and across the USA to study political and cultural landscapes as the basis for our creative investigations.

News Voices: New Jersey, Fiona Morgan, Free Press

New Jersey aims to build a network of people invested in local journalism. We believe the future of quality local journalism lies in collaborations between newsrooms and communities. Deep connections between media outlets and readers benefit both groups: Newsrooms can expand their audiences, deepen local engagement and find new sources. Communities can call on reporters to cover the issues they care about most and help create the kinds of local media they need.

Promoting Student Community Forums, John Spady, National Dialogue Network

The presenter will describe a generalized version of an existing student-based process and present a new model for collaborative Student Community Forums — multiple student-led groups (in cooperation with mentoring adults) that are logistically supported to select an issue and develop a plan for community outreach, engagement, feedback, and reporting. “Community” is at any scale that is comfortable for the students to engage.

Public Insight Network Bureau, Samantha Shotzbarger

The PIN Bureau works with print, digital, radio and television journalists across the country who want to deepen reporting and engage diverse audiences in new ways. Our staff helps newsrooms develop deeper relationships with communities using PIN and other engagement tools.

We’re based at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and we’re the only organization in the country to offer PIN services to client newsrooms. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students specifically trained in journalistic engagement staff the PIN Bureau under the direction of PIN Bureau Chief/Professor of Practice Rebecca Blatt.

Roosevelt High School’s Unique Ink Publishing, Kate McPherson and students

We are a student-led writing and publishing center that works with the community to publish regional pieces. Our diverse community members broaden their horizons as they use writing to express who they are. The publishing center also creates better writers by enabling Roosevelt students to raise their voices.

Come enjoy and talk to students about two of our central projects – The Freedom Fighter exhibit that celebrates the rich stories of community members who have fought for social justice and our Youth and the Law project that is based on student-led conversations with more than 35 police and community members.

Science and Memory, Miró Merrill

Science lives in data and discovery. Memory gives us humanity and hope. Stories of change about complex issues of environment and climate from Oregon to Alaska.


Shelter for chronically homeless, Jerry Millhon, Thriving Communities at the Whidbey Institute

What if everyone had . . .
 Access to housing?

A safe place to sleep every night?
The ability to stay in their own homes as they age?
Choices for sustainable living?
The opportunity to own a home, even without qualifying for traditional financing?
And end to the cycle of homelessness?

Spit/WRITE, S. Renee Mitchell

We are Portlanders who took on this heART mission in partnership with Urban Word, based in New York City, to bring this unprecedented literary experience to The Rose City. This is part of a youth-empowerment movement that is rapidly spreading across the United States, most recently into Portland, Seattle and Atlanta.

As professional artists and writers, we each have a passion for working with urban youth. And we are excited to help identify students who have the potential to thrive as both poets and leaders, and then give them training and a platform to take their talents to the next level. Instead of buying into the negative media-influenced portrayals of our youth, we are honored to create space for our Portland area young people so they can contribute to our region’s evolving cultural milieu.