Program Description

Thank you to everyone who made the 2018 People-Powered Publishing Conference a success!

We had the biggest conference yet on Nov. 15-16, 2018, in Chicago, and the community continues to grow thanks  to the commitment of the participants, presenters, and sponsors.

Many of the resources and presentations from conference presentations are now available on Gather.

We’re hard at work already preparing for the fourth annual conference. To stay updated, subscribe to our mailing list and follow Illinois Humanities on Facebook and Twitter.

We also want to hear from you to make the conference a place that better helps your community. Tell us what problems your newsroom or community are trying to engage through journalism.


In 2018, Illinois Humanities provided five seed grants to organizations testing new methods for engaging with their communities throughout the life of a journalism project.

We’re excited about the ideas that emerged from the two days of clinics at the 2018 conference and will be sharing details as the projects begin in early 2018.

Past grants have included the 2017 Engagement Challenge Award supporting a collaboration between ProPublica Illinois and Free Street Theater.

Previous Conferences

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