The Program

The program is for an “unconference”. What looks like a schedule shell, will actually be packed with specific ideas and proposals as we begin to work together. Even before you arrive, you’ll learn about the professional passions and projects of fellow participants through pre-conference interviews and people’s bios. Think of this process as creating the panels and discussion based upon our collective knowledge and purpose. It requires a leap of faith. Neither a show, nor a performance, which implies actors and audience, is a collaboration in which all act and all listen actively.

Sunday, March 1 — 3 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — “Setting the Context”

(all activities, at Poynter Institute, 801 3rd Street South)

Registrations open at 3 p.m.


To create a shared framework for talking about the new news ecology that seeds thinking about new roles, new tools and new relationships/business models.

3:00 p.m. — Registration opens

4:00 p.m. — Introductions – to each other and to a preliminary map of the emerging news ecology

We’ll open with conversations among participants that introduce them to each other and to an emerging map of the new news ecology (as well as a map of the traditional newsroom)

6:00 p.m. — Dinner at Poynter

7:30 p.m. — Exploring the “Value Network of Journalism”

Hosted discussions on selected topics. Have a suggestion? Please contact us at

9:30 p.m. — Evening gathering ends.

Monday, March 2, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. — at Poynter

Possibilities Day: Exploring ideas/designing initiatives

The first full day is a chance to broadly explore questions of interest. We’ll offer a focusing question along the lines of: “What journalism practices – jobs, skills, relationships, business models – can provide society the value journalism has to offer?”

Each of us has a picture of what journalism – at its best – might become. Using Open Space Technology, we will explore those images and begin to converge on a collective understanding of what can be accomplished individually and where common interests arise. Come prepared to discuss what most interests you.


8:30 a.m. — Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. — Opening Plenary

10:30 a.m. — Breakout session 1

12:00 noon — Lunch

1:00 p.m. — Breakout session 2

2:30 p.m. — Breakout session 3

4:00 p.m. — Evening News: What are the gifts of the day – new ideas, insights, initiatives?

5:00 p.m. — Adjourn

6:00 p.m. — Dinner

7:30 p.m. — Evening activity

We’ll plan an evening activity intended for people to continue to get to know each other in a more informal atmosphere.

Tues., March 3, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. — at Poynter

Design-Build Day: What’s possible now?

8:30 a.m. — Continental breakfast

9:00 a.m. — Opening Plenary

With an action-oriented organizing question, you will be invited to take your work to the next level: taking ideas deeper; getting more specific about moving initiatives forward, whether something that you are already pursuing or something born at the conference.

10:00 a.m. — Breakout session 1

11:30 a.m. — Breakout session 2

1:00 p.m. — Lunch

2:00 p.m. — Breakout session 3

3:30 p.m. — Evening News: what are we learning that supports individual and collective action?

5:00 p.m. — Adjourn

Wednesday, March 4, 8:30 a.m.-noon — at Poynter

Bringing it on Home

8:30 a.m. — Continental breakfast

9:00 a.m. — Opening Plenary

The last half day is designed to surface common themes and make agreements for any joint action.

10:00 a.m. — Breakout sessions

11:00 a.m. — Closing

12:00 noon — Adjourn