This panel discusses this collective action, why and how transparency in staffing and beyond can be a small first step towards better diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in the news industry, and what further action has to follow.
Community Advisory Boards
How can advisory boards help newsrooms stay in touch with what matters most to their communities? And what are some best practices for setting them up, recruiting members and making the time useful? Join Elizabeth Stephens of Columbia Missourian, jesikah maria ross (JMR) of Capital Public Radio, and Kim Bode of News Deeply to find out.
People Before Problems: Building Trust To Tell A Community’s Story
Embarking on a two-year project to cover a public housing neighborhood on the verge of a rebuild, WCPN reporter Justin Glanville and editor Mike McIntyre wanted to avoid reinforcing stereotypes and tropes of both Black and low-income communities. Justin and Laura Fillbach share some lessons learned from his reporting and the resulting podcast “Inside the Bricks: Woodhill Homes.”
Readers = resource: how and why to produce reader-centered stories
There are many benefits of featuring real readers in your reporting, but it can be hard to know where to start. In this lightning chat, we talk about best practices for gathering stories from your audience, how to build trust, and why covering divisive political issues through personal narratives is a good idea.
Hiring for Engagement
We chatted with Terry Parris Jr. of ProPublica, Summer Fields of Hearken, and Julia Haslanger of Hearken about hiring for engagement. What should you look for in job candidates? What questions should you ask them? How is hiring for these jobs different from other journalism gigs?
Self-care for Engaged Journalists
Let’s talk about how to take care of ourselves while balancing a job that’s constantly demanding more, an audience that has plenty to say and a news cycle that won’t stop. Chaseedaw Giles of Kaiser Health News and Melissa Daniels of The Desert Sun will bring tips from their ONA session to this lightning chat.
Pathways to Philanthropy: Funding Local Journalism
Frank Mungeam, Chief Innovation Officer with the Local Media Association share key insights from LMA’s inaugural Lab for Journalism Funding, including essential elements of a successful philanthropy pitch, mistakes to avoid, and case study examples from publishers. Larry Lee, CEO of the Sacramento Observer shares his story of fundraising for his family’s historical Black newspaper.
Tool talk on Zoom vs. StreamYard vs. Restream
How do you choose a video streaming service if your event is over 200 people and you need multiple breakout rooms? Martin Pratt will walk us through Zoom vs. StreamYard vs. Restream (and maybe a few others) and talk about which service may work best in what situation.
Making journalism with your community
Curated and led by June’s Gather Guest Curator, Simon Galperin brought together community media leaders from New Orleans, Atlanta, and Cleveland to share lessons in working with community members to produce journalism.
A Guide on Hosting Community Conversations
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.
Democratizing Journalism: News of, by and for the community
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.