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  • Open House with Peter Pula, CEO of Axiom News

    10:56 am on June 19, 2013 | 1 Comment Permalink

    Location:  The Hub Seattle, Glass Room, 220 2nd Ave South, Seattle, WA 98104

    When finding solutions is part of the journalist’s job

    As noted earlier this month in a Nieman Journalism Lab post by Jan Schaffer, journalism that activates is becoming a trend.

    Peter Pula, who started Axiom News, has 15 years of experience with doing what he calls “generative journalism”.  Founded on the principles of Appreciative Inquiry, it is a strengths-based approach for propelling communities and organizations towards their highest potential.  And to support their journalism, Axiom News has a business model that works.

    Learn more by coming to The Hub Seattle anytime between 9:00am and 4:00pm on Wednesday, June 26th.  Peter, along with Mike Fancher, former editor of the Seattle Times and Peggy Holman, co-founder of Journalism That Matters will be there.  In the spirit of Journalism That Matter’s unconferences, the conversation will center around the interests of the people who come.

    At 11:00am, Peter will say a few words about Axiom News informed by the morning’s conversations.

    Our purpose for gathering: to learn, make new connections, strengthen the web of the news and information community in the area, and to connect with other communities from around the world who are working in similar directions.

    So join us.  And bring your friends.

    Peggy Holman and Mike Fancher

    Brought to you by the Seattle Journalism Commons, a project of Journalism That Matters

  • Direct Community action on behalf of Nourishing Networks

    1:24 pm on January 15, 2012 | 0 Comment Permalink

    Notes from Linda Benson

    From January 9 News Oasis/Nourishing Networks meeting

    The question was, “What are some ways to get individual community members to take direct action on behalf of Nourishing Networks?”

    • Plant food/seed bombs throughout the community (brand with Nourishing Network information)
    • Make mud balls filled with vegetable garden seeds that anyone can plant in their containers, gardens or yards
    • Create planter boxes or transform landscapes to grow fresh vegetables at local restaurants and municipal locations.  Invite patrons to help maintain.
    • Promote the 10% Campaign diverting food dollars to local food production.  Challenge businesses and residents to participate and to report their actions that can be used to measure impact and the new capacity for local food.
    • Create an easy way for citizens to share their needs and their stories; i.e. telephone message line, on-line tool, etc.
  • Engaging Journalists and the Public in Hunger/Nouishment

    1:20 pm on January 15, 2012 | 0 Comment Permalink

    Notes from Parker Lindner

    From January 9 News Oasis/Nourishing Networks meeting

    Our discussion covered various ways to engage people with the issue..  We talked about how to encourage participation  from journalists and the general public.

    Some ideas included:

    • Locate journalism teachers and proposing this as a writing focus.
    • Establish  points of access, collect data.
    • Share information on the hunger/nourishment issues and challenges in our community. What are the facts about hunger and nourishment or the lack of it?  Where is it? What are the causes?
    • Read ‘between the lines’ in interpreting data for example from use of  free and reduced lunch programs.
    • Ferret out underserved groups such as students, families and senior citizens.
    • Expose the network of service organizations working on the issue.
    • Use community technology centers as touch points.  This is where underserved populations come to get connected.
    • Look for existing blogs and web sites. In social networks, cross posting, commenting, sharing and search engine optimization are the way ideas are amplified.

    We also discussed the notion that the stories must be able to grab attention.  They must be brief. We don’t think people will read long tomes.  Instead we could build a simple structure for exposing personal stories – both of people with needs and of people/groups who are inventing (taking responsibility for)  providing  solutions.

    Also, consider the ‘master birder’ model. Train a set of individuals who then commit to training others.

  • News Oasis/Nourishing Networks January 9 Meeting

    3:14 pm on January 11, 2012 | 0 Comment Permalink
    Tags: Hopelink, , nourishing networks

    Quick Summary of Outcomes
    January 10, 2012

    Anne, with her fabulous ability to find the essence of story named the throughline of the story we want told:
    At every level, how do we take responsibility for nourishing ourselves and others?

    Others supplemented with:
    • We start with food and why there’s urgency.
    • We tell the “big” story — context, policy, etc., and the “small” stories — the actions happening everywhere to address the need.
    • We tell stories of possibility that highlight strengths and opportunities because they inspire people to get involved in solving the challenges they face.

    Next steps for the core team:
    • Connect everyone and get out the notes. (This quick summary from Peggy, edited by Anne, will be followed by a story from Jacob)
    • Follow up with those who were interested but couldn’t attend. (Peggy, Anne, Karma)
    • Convene the core team shortly — Karma, Anne, Peggy, David Ortiz, and Parker Lindner have volunteered. If you are interested, please let me know.
    • Follow up on the KCLS bus with the Issaquah Nourishing Network idea – a bus with computer equipment, a nutritionist, food, and a journalist. In a sense, an omnibus, with whatever is needed. (Karma, Jo)

    Some other activities people stepped up to pursue:

    • Cori Benson blogging (perhaps with Seattle Journalism Commons and/or the Seattle Times)
    • Convening stakeholders with reporters at the Seattle Times (Anne and Peggy will explore with Carole)
    • Jacob Caggiano and Karma Ruder working on an app to connect surplus food to those who need it.
    • Linda Benson will organize an effort to support community storytelling in her five areas of community activity.
    Any other items others want to add?

    Focus of the news oasis:
    Connecting community and journalists around issues of community need/civic importance to:
    • Tell stories that matter because they link to felt need in community.
    • Support community members to tell their own stories (create, disseminate and use their own stories) and link them to the “big” stories about the whole system.
    • Reach out to professional journalists to amplify the stories, big and small (strategy: bring stakeholders to them).

    The connection between the News Oasis and the idea of nourishing ourselves and others:
    A news oasis transforms the community story (narrative) about food and hunger from consuming & unequal distribution (lack) to the gift exchanges happening in:
    • the food system
    • human capacity building initiatives for change that are linked to needed policy changes
    • the evolution of community interdependence

  • Seattle Journalism Commons Project Report

    1:30 pm on October 20, 2011 | 0 Comment Permalink

    Thanks to support from The Patterson Foundation, the Seattle Journalism Commons, in partnership with Lisa Skube — creator of the Journalism Accelerator, ran a 6-month experiment in supporting the people in the Puget Sound region’s emergning news and information network.  The executive overview is below.  The full report is attached: SJC Final Project Report



    The intent of the project was to cultivate a robust, collaborative regional network of people in the news and information community by sharing resources, learning from one another, and documenting area activities – doing journalism on journalism.

    What did we do?

    We reached out to understand what the local journalism community wanted.   They told us that they would like:

    • The means to connect in person and online
    • An online space to share resources and learn from each other
    • A simple means to know what’s happening in the area – a shared calendar and reporting on activities

    We organized to meet these needs and took action.  We brought people together face-to-face and online, curated a calendar, and did “journalism on journalism”.  For example, we have original coverage of local journalism activities not found elsewhere: https://journalismthatmatters.org/seattlejournalismcommons/category/events-2/.

    We reflected on the experience and made plans for our next steps (see “What’s next” below).

    One team member analyzed the online information flow among food organizations in the Puget Sound region.

    How did it go?

    We took a nebulous concept – a “journalism commons” and gave it form.  We drew people in, formed a great working team, and found wonderful partners – notably Lisa Skube and the Journalism Accelerator.  Our biggest obstacle was technology. The site wasn’t as user friendly as we hoped and our technical support person took a full time job just as we were getting started.

    What did we learn?

    • Fertile soil makes for healthy growth.
    • Partners help!
    • A trusted agent on the team provides access.
    • Diversity is a good thing.
    • Face to face matters.
    • Technical expertise is a precious and essential resource.
    • Dedicate adequate time.
    • Keep evolving.

    What’s next?

    We’re reaching out to the leaders of the local chapters of:

    • Society for Professional Journalists
    • Asian American Journalism Association,
    • Online News Association, and
    • Hacks and Hackers

    We believe that we share goals and expect that partners can help with technology, infrastructure, and funding support.

    We are investigating an alternative technology route: integrating tools people already use, such as Google Groups and Twitter, into the site.

    The mapping of the food network may inform another initiative of Journalism That Matters: identifying and addressing “media deserts” – areas of limited news coverage.

    How does our work connect with others in the field?

    Given a healthy local news and information ecosystem is essential to a healthy community, this project has helped to shed light on how to foster a spirit of collaboration among people of the local news and information ecosystem. 

    What’s our advice to others?

    • Get clear about who your community is and what they need
    • Focus on delivering on a few pivotal needs
    • Seek partners that, together, bring expertise, adequate time, funding, infrastructure, and access to key people in the community
    • Keep experimenting and adjusting as you learn
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