Registration opens May 18, 4:00pm

Conference Hours

  • Thursday, May 18, 5pm-8pm
  • Friday, May 19, 9:00-5pm, evening activity
  • Saturday, May 20, 9:00-5pm, evening activity
  • Sunday, May 21, 9:00-12:30pm

Thursday, May 18  Setting the stage

4:00pm      Registration

5:00pm      Welcome!

We’ll lay the groundwork for a working conference by getting a sense of who’s in the room and what we hope to accomplish.

Lessons from the field: examples of engaged journalism (Specifics TBA)
We’ll see some examples of what’s working and have a conversation about what we can learn from them. Confirmed lightning presenters include:

  • Sarah Alvarez, Founder/Lead Reporter at Outlier Media
  • Adriana Gallardo, ProPublica
  • Michelle Holmes, VP Content at al.com/Alabama Media Group

8:00pm     Adjourn

Friday, May 19  Possibilities Day: Explore/imagine/invent

Structure: We’ll use “Open Space Technology” to set the agenda with breakout sessions hosted by participants on the topics of their choice.

Outcome: Topics of most interest explored in-depth.  Individual and collective ideas about how news and information in civic life can be most impactful begin to take shape.

8:00am                   Buffet breakfast and networking

9:00am                   Morning reflections, agenda creation

10:30am                  Breakout Sessions, round 1

Noon – 1:00pm      Lunch

1:00pm                     Breakout Sessions, round 2

2:30pm                     Breakout Sessions, round 3

4:00-5:00pm           Evening News: Highlights from the day

6:00 – 9:00pm

Dinner & Evening activity: “Rebuilding trust: Truth to Empower”
A conversation among practitioner/scholars from different disciplines. Confirmed conversation catalysts include:

  • Meredith Clark, University of North Texas
  • Eric Gordon, Engagement Lab at Emerson College
  • Lewis Friedland, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Saturday, May 20 – Design-Build Day: What’s next?

We’ll provide space for taking action on initiatives that have life beyond this event.

Outcomes:  Ideas generated, partnerships formed, current initiatives revitalized, new initiatives identified.

8:00am                    Buffet breakfast and networking

9:00am                     Morning reflections, agenda creation

9:30am                     Breakout Sessions, round 4

10:45am                   Breakout Sessions, round 5

12:00pm                  Afternoon News – session highlights

12:30pm                   Lunch

2:00pm                      Pro-action Cafe

Turn ideas into action through diving in more deeply into your next steps.    

5:00pm                       Adjourn

 

Sunday, May 21 – Community of Practice / Platform day

Our focus: How do we support this growing community of practice to learn, share, and do their best work on behalf of communities?

8:00am         Buffet breakfast and networking

9:00am         What have we learned over the last 3 days?  

Identify next steps and organize for action

12:00              Closing reflections

12:30            Adjourn