Call for Proposals

Registration is now open for this year’s People-Powered Publishing Conference on November 14-15, 2019 at Columbia College in Chicago.

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This year’s conference is weeks ahead of the primary elections and the 2020 Census. We’re lining up presenters and experts that can help leverage special coverage into improvements that make your newsroom more engaged and more essential to the communities they cover.

Conference Schedule

Following up on last year’s clinic track, we’re again offering the opportunity to work directly with experts to design a project idea into a full proposal over the course of two days. For five projects, Illinois Humanities will provide funding to get it started and mentorship and expertise to make sure it’s a success. Interested? Tell us more about your idea for a project.

If you’re a student, start-up newsroom, or have other barriers to attendance, reach out to our staff and we’re happy to work with you. Please, contact Program Manager Sam Cholke, sam.cholke@ilhumanities.org, with any questions.

We’re looking forward to seeing you November 14-15! Stay tuned to ILHumanities.org for more details.

About the Conference

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.

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.

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 think creatively and strategically about how journalists and people outside the newsroom — educators, artists, technologists, organizers and more — can work toward common goals.