VIDEOS: Community engagement lessons learned with Journalism That Matters

VIDEOS: Community engagement lessons learned with Journalism That Matters

During the past year, the entire team at We Create Here has been honored to work with Peggy Holman, executive director and co-founder of Journalism That Matters – but this week was our first chance to meet our mentor in person. Our team was in Chicago for the ASNE/APME conference, and being there with our colleagues and kindred spirits in community engagement made it all  the more special. Holman is the author of Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity, and is deeply versed in appreciative inquiry, community conversation formats, and how to mobilize citizens for good. She has also launched the Engagement Hub, a place for journalists and community builders to find each other and swap ideas. Our team was part of a pilot project, with two other news organizations, using community engagement and convening techniques to host discussions about diversity. Find videos from all three sites below. ASNE, the American Society of News Editors, is a fairly traditional journalism organization, so we weren’t sure how our unconventional approach to conversation and story would be received. The hour-long session flew by, and while we did face some tough questions, we all left feeling extremely motivated about our direction. So check out the videos below for a recap of our highlights from the past year and how other forward-thinking news organizations are having conversations around diversity: We Create Here: (video by our own Ben Kaplan, of course) Oakland Voices: Unite…

Top ten takeaways from the American Society of News Editors 2014 conference

This week, our team had the opportunity to travel to Chicago for the American Society of News Editors 2014 conference. For three days, we had the chance to listen to senior editors at newspapers and media companies across the country as they covered the past, present and future of the journalism industry. We talked about the latest trends and technologies in the industry, what the industry can learn from startups and how to grow audiences through community engagement, something we specialize in here at We Create Here. We are excited to share what we learned with the community here at home in Iowa’s Creative Corridor. Here are my top ten takeaways from the ASNE Fast Forward 2014 conference. 1. The web offers possibilities of persistence. In a session with Jim Bankoff, chairman and CEO of Vox Media, we learned about the company and its approach to engaging audiences. While a story in print appears and then is likely discarded at the end of the day, content on the web doesn’t have to. Vox Media works to “empower a new class of talent.” The company hires storytellers and truth-seekers, Bankoff said. He described his company culture as “hacker culture meets journalism.” Vox’s staff has an understanding of what current issues are and aim to provide the context of news on the web. Vox’s audience is young, smart, affluent and social. 2. The web rewards specialization.  What topics will you be great at? Are those things people want to read? Do you know what people need? These are all questions news organizations should be asking themselves, panelists said. This doesn’t mean abandoning being comprehensive, though. It...