As a news organization, when should you consider creating a Facebook group, and what could the focus of the group be? Once you have one, how do you recruit and admit members? How (and how much) should you moderate conversation? And how will you measure the success of your efforts? Join Lauren Katz of Vox, Penny Riordan of GateHouse Media, and Hannah Wise of Dallas Morning News to find out.
Let’s talk about the when, the why and the how of using Reddit as part of our journalism. Bring your questions and experiences, and prepare to be guided by Bobby Blanchard of The Texas Tribune, Dominick DiFurio of The Dallas Morning News, and Gene Park – Embedded of the Washington Post (fresh off a session on this at ONA last month).
How can you find the right voice or tone to use on your organization’s social media accounts? How can you show personality but also be appropriate when discussing different types of content? And how can you keep your voice consistent when multiple team members are posting and responding? Join Brandon Echter from Science Friday and Brian Manzullo from the Detroit Free Press to find out.
We chatted about engagement tools. Poynter’s Ren LaForme hosted.
What are the biggest challenges specific to engagement work — both for internal communication on an engagement team and for communication with the rest of the organization? What about engagement work and about audience + community relationships and interactions most need to be communicated? What tools and strategies are helpful? Join Kim Bui and Emma Carew Grovum to find out.
The Local Voices Network (LVN) supports resident volunteers to host mainly in-person civic conversations. With the pivot to digital, Max Resnik – Local Voices Network/Cortico and Parisa Parsa of Cortico share what they’ve learned about hosting meaningful small-group civic conversations on Zoom.
We chatted about a guide for journalists about how to host community conversations, hosted by Andrew Rockway and Joy Mayer.
Engaged journalists know there’s value to good participation in and moderation of online comments. But what does that actually look like? In this 30-minute video chat with Teddy Amenabar of The Washington Post, Elizabeth Dunbar of Minnesota Public Radio, and Andrew Losowsky of The Coral Project, we’ll talk about some benefits of investing in comments. Then we’ll look at specific comment threads and do some live brainstorming about how journalists could/should/might participate in them.
City Bureau, a digital startup on the South Side of Chicago, has been attracting attention and funding for bringing “journalists and communities together in a collaborative spirit to produce media that is impactful, equitable and responsive to the public.” Co-founder Darryl Holliday explains City Bureau’s innovative model for participatory reporting and accountability journalism.
We chatted with Joy Mayer about what it takes to successfully apply for engagement jobs. What story should you tell about yourself? What format should your portfolio take? What pitfalls should you avoid, especially when talking to hiring editors who don’t specialize in engagement?
A news organization’s archive is a goldmine of stories and information that can continue to delight and be of use to your audience. But how do you know what to keep sharing? And how can you manage a calendar of evergreen content? Join Jessica Lee Martin, Audience Development Editor for Citylab, Haley Correll, Social Media Manager for American Red Cross, and Kristina Lucarelli, Manager for Amplify, Hearst Television to find out.
Many engagement jobs include interaction in comments threads — on social media or on our own websites? How do we decide when to join in? What should we say, and what should we allow others to say? What should comment policies address? Join Andrew Losowsky and Lilah Raptopoulos as they discuss it more in depth.