By Peggy Holman What do most journalists want as much or more than thousands of clicks to their stories? Having a positive impact in their community. Eight journalists from four newspapers that have been connecting with the diversity of their communities in meaningful ways came together at the Kettering Foundation on May 18 and 19. … Continue reading Writing stories that engage
By Peggy Holman I was recently asked to write something about what Journalism That Matters has learned about engagement so that news organizations considering it can do so in a more informed way. A continuum immediately formed in my mind that led to creating a table of different ways that engagement has been used by news organizations. … Continue reading What do journalists mean by engagement?
By Peggy Holman In 2013, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (D&C) Editorial Board embarked on a listening tour to understand race relations in their community, creating Unite Rochester. Among many outcomes, it prepared them to get involved when the conversation turned ugly following the Ferguson grand jury decision. Unite Rochester’s recently formed Community Crisis Response … Continue reading Engaging Communities Changes How Journalists Work
By Jacob Caggiano For the first time ever, The American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors joined forces for the ASNE-APME 2014 convention in Chicago. The sessions were all quite informative, though some were downright sobering. In addition to all the economic woes that journalism is up against, there were extraordinary … Continue reading Nine ways to grow a better relationship with your audience: Lessons from ASNE-APME 2014
By Jacob Caggiano For journalism to evolve, community engagement is key. The news cycle is no longer controlled by the industry. They may still break stories, but the public sets the tone and decides how long, how deep, and how intensely we talk about our most pressing issues. We are working to define essential skills … Continue reading What do journalists and editors want to learn about engagement?
Another contribution from Sandy Heierbacher, Executive Director, National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation is an introduction to Grande Lum, Director of the Community Relations Service (CRS) for the Department of Justice, and their work. CRS delivers four services: mediation of disputes, facilitation of dialogue, training, and consulting. Their resource center has a number of useful … Continue reading Introducing Grande Lum and his work at the US Dept of Justice’s Community Relations Service
By Peggy Holman Thanks to Sandy Heierbacher, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation for gathering resources for dialogue. They include a number of discussion guides: Racial and Ethnic Tensions: What Should We Do? (NIF Issue Guide) Crime & Punishment: Imagining a Safer Future for All (IF Discussion Guide) Community Dialogue Guide (US … Continue reading Top #NCDD Resources for Addressing Racial Conflict & Inequality
By Jennifer Neutel Changing demographics need to be reflected in news organizations The efforts happening in journalism to embrace diversity are not unique to the field and there are business reasons why the issue is pressing, says Roberto Quiñones. Quiñones, executive director of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity, says a variety of fields including government, foundations, non-profits … Continue reading ‘There is a business case’ for diversity in media: Roberto Quiñones
By Jennifer Neutel Participants at a Global Media Forum workshop experienced a community-building exercise that drew them into deep discussions in groups of three. The five workshop facilitators, which included The Gazette Company CEO and president Chuck Peters, wanted participants to experience a community-building exercise that could be mirrored in their own communities. “I could … Continue reading VIDEO: How can journalists build community?
Every year the preeminent Mary Meeker delivers her much anticipated “State of the Internet” presentation at the Code conference in California. Here are the slides from her talk, loaded with statistics on how the web is changing and where it might lead. Three key takeaways for journalists interested in community engagement: Mobile is still growing … Continue reading Internet Trends of 2014