We’re looking forward to seeing you for two full days of programs, workshops, talks, and clinics at the fourth annual People-Powered Publishing Conference November 14-15 at Columbia College Chicago.
We’re tackling culture change in the newsroom this year. How do you build and protect a newsroom culture that is focused on what makes you essential for your community amid unpredictable social media trends, shifting corporate priorities, and constant cuts.
Sessions schedules have been added. Check below:
- Workshops on leveraging election and Census coverage to improve your newsroom’s community engagement
- Intensive training on covering race and inequality better in your specific context
- Simple projects like updating your stylebook to make your coverage more essential to more people
- Sessions on building better relationships — and coverage — with immigrant communities, youth, rural and religious communities, and others.
The intensive clinic track is coming back. If you have a specific idea for project, we’re offering four dedicated clinics over two days that will help you leave with a proposal to make it a reality. For five projects, we’ll send you home with the funding to get it started and the support and expertise needed to make it a success.
Sound interesting? Tell us about the idea you want to work on.
Advance registration is required to participate in the Clinic track. After you have completed your registration, you will receive a link to sign-up for a Clinic track.
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.
Information for attendees
The conference will take place at 1104 S. Wabash Ave on the Columbia College Chicago campus. The session list be available soon.
Lodging is available at a variety of price points within walking distance of the conference. A few of the closest options are listed below. Please note that Illinois Humanities cannot guarantee rates or availability.
Best Western Grant Park
1100 S. Michigan Ave (<0.1 mi from venue)
720 S. Michigan Ave. (0.3 mi from venue)
Travelodge Hotel Downtown Chicago
65 E. Harrison St. (0.4 mi from venue)
Congress Plaza Hotel
520 S. Michigan Ave. (0.5 mi from venue)
If you’re willing to go a bit farther afield, there are many more options at multiple price points within walking distance of the CTA’s Red, Orange and Green Lines, which stop at the Roosevelt station (one block from the conference venue).
GroundSource is a community engagement platform that powers direct, two-way conversations between newsrooms and the communities they serve, to gather on-the-ground perspectives and build lasting relationships.
City Bureau is a newsroom and journalism training lab that seeks to regenerate civic media ecosystems within historically disenfranchised and underreported neighborhoods, and to create a sustainable pipeline of innovative and locally responsive reporting on the city’s South and West sides.
The Listening Post Collective provides resources, tools, peer-to-peer support and a shared learning space for journalists, newsroom leaders and community groups looking to revitalize their local news and information ecosystems.
Gather, a project and platform to support community-minded journalists and other engagement professionals, is a collaborative initiative led by the Agora Journalism Center, the gathering place for innovation and communication in civic engagement, at University of Oregon’s School of Journalism & Communication.
ProPublica Illinois is a non-profit newsroom focused on investigative journalism in the public interest. It is the first state-level expansion of ProPublica, headquartered in New York City.
The Coral Project brings journalists and their communities closer together through open-source tools and best practices for newsrooms of all sizes.
This conference is made possible in part by our partners and hosts at Columbia College Chicago, an international leader and recognized pioneer in arts and media education.