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EntreFEST workshop creates safe space to talk diversity and entrepreneurship

Posted by Jennifer Neutel Sarah Binder and Kiran Sood invited candid reflections at an open discussion on diversity in entrepreneurship at a pre-conference workshop on May 14 at EntreFEST in Iowa City. The We Create Here community engagement managers co-led a conversation with a focus on how to create a safe space for tough issues, which are … Continue reading EntreFEST workshop creates safe space to talk diversity and entrepreneurship

Unite Rochester seeks to effect positive change

By Jennifer Neutel News organization engaging residents, raising awareness of racial inequities A “Listening Tour” on racial inequity hosted by the Democrat and Chronicle’s editorial board has engaged more than 150 community members and political leaders, and is beginning to lead to direct changes in the community. In one instance, a town supervisor said he … Continue reading Unite Rochester seeks to effect positive change

Oakland Voices empowers citizen journalism

By Jennifer Neutel Project a win-win for news organization and participants, says co-founder Community members are being trained to produce news for local news organizations through a program sparked by the desire to see the Oakland Tribune do a better job connecting with the community beyond the pages of the paper. The program, Oakland Voices, … Continue reading Oakland Voices empowers citizen journalism

ASNE, Journalism That Matters partner in community engagement exploration

By Jennifer Neutel Engaging with community is ‘the future of journalism’ The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and Journalism That Matters (JTM) are partnering in an initiative to develop new ways for journalists to engage with their communities and meet news and information needs. David Boardman, ASNE president, says for many ASNE members engagement is a way both … Continue reading ASNE, Journalism That Matters partner in community engagement exploration

Why are news organizations exploring community engagement?

By Jennifer Neutel ‘Community engagement is critical to today’s reporting’ While news organizations are rooted in the communities they cover, some are seeing a need to go beyond traditional reporting and intentionally engage and connect with citizens on a new level. An American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and Journalism That Matters project is exploring … Continue reading Why are news organizations exploring community engagement?

Stories explore news organizations’ community engagement efforts

By Jennifer Neutel Axiom News takes unique approach to sharing narratives New stories about an American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and Journalism That Matters (JTM) initiative exploring community engagement in news organizations are now appearing twice a week on the project’s Engagement Hub website. The stories are written by generative journalists at Axiom News, … Continue reading Stories explore news organizations’ community engagement efforts

Cedar Rapids: What’s Possible at the intersection of diversity and entrepreneurship?

By Kiran Sood Source: https://www.thegazette.com/2014/05/15/discussing-diversity-at-entrefest What is possible at the intersection of diversity and entrepreneurship? What is the right role for a white male to play in the conversation on diversity? How do we measure success when it comes to diversity? And, how can we impact change? These were some of the questions examined by participants in We … Continue reading Cedar Rapids: What’s Possible at the intersection of diversity and entrepreneurship?

Reflecting on our community conversations through We Create Here

By Kiran Sood One of the new methods of storytelling and engagement we’re using as part of We Create Here is facilitating small group discussions centered on particular issues. Over the past couple months, I’ve had the opportunity to facilitate two such discussions. The first one in late February was centered on diversity and inclusion in Eastern … Continue reading Reflecting on our community conversations through We Create Here

Cedar Rapids: Everybody deserves housing

April 16, 2014 By Kiran Sood Source: http://www.wecreatehere.net/2014/04/16/everybody-deserves-housing-in-eastern-iowa/ When you bring together a small group who is united by a passion for a particular topic and for finding solutions, it’s incredible what they can come up with working together. On Wednesday morning, I hosted a conversation that included the voices of five community members who … Continue reading Cedar Rapids: Everybody deserves housing