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People-Powered Publishing Conference 2018 #PPPC18

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Announcing New “Seed Grants” for Engagement Projects: Participants in the Clinic track at this year’s People-Powered Publishing Conference will be eligible for “seed grants” of up to $2,000 each.  See below for details.

There’s no shortage of doom and gloom in our current public conversation about “the media.”  Declining trust, political polarization, “fake news:” the challenges are real, but there’s more to the story.

Approaches to journalism that center listening and dialogue are gaining traction across the country.  More journalists and news organizations are exploring new ways of incorporating “engagement” into their reporting, and a growing number of civic change-makers are pioneering new approaches to community-centered storytelling from the ground up.

In partnership with Hearken, Groundsource, City Bureau, The Listening Post Collective, Gather, ProPublica Illinois and Columbia College Chicago, we’re bringing those people together at the People-Powered Publishing Conference.

About the conference

We believe that successful engagement is inherently collaborative, and that “engaged” journalism extends beyond the work of the newsroom.  This two-day conference provides tools for journalists, civic-engagement specialists and community storytellers to create a more collaborative and equitable news landscape by strengthening the connections between news organizations and the people they cover.  We’ll take a hands-on approach to explore where educators, artists, tech developers and others share common goals with journalists.

This conference aims to provide a space for journalists, civic-engagement practitioners and community storytellers to work together on a shared goal: strengthening the connections between news organizations and the people they cover, in order to create a more collaborative and equitable news and information landscape.

Over the course of two days, we’ll take an in-depth, hands-on approach to the challenges and opportunities surrounding engagement-driven journalism.  At the same time, we believe that successful engagement is inherently collaborative, and that “engaged” journalism extends beyond the work of the newsroom: we’ll also think creatively and strategically about how journalists and people outside the newsroom — educators, artists, technologists, organizers and more — can work toward common goals.

This program is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils.  The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.  We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.