Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Rebooting journalism -- study, report experiments in Seattle, Jan. 7-10

Seattle, USA

Across the United States, the media ecosystem is quickly evolving. Some main-stream news organizations are shrinking, as advertising decouples from journalism. Remarkable new technologies and the work of committed citizens are making it easier for us to build unique communities that share civic passion and purpose.

In the Pacific Northwest, this evolution is proceeding rapidly. What's starting to work? How are the information needs of communities being met? What ongoing role should legacy media be playing? How can the public and journalists collaborate?

To find out, the Journalism That Matters collaborative is convening our first event focused on a region. And we'd like to invite you to look in on this experimental petri dish -- and learn how you can replicate the experiments in your home region's laboratories.

So please book your travel for some or all of Jan. 7-10. Join some 150 editors, writers, broadcasters, bloggers, producers, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, educators, students, digital entrepreneurs, media activists, community journalists, public advocates and public-policy experts for, "Reimagining News and Community in the Pacific Northwest."

WHEN: Jan. 7-10, 2010
WHERE: Univ. of Washington, Seattle

For general information follow this link: http://journalismthatmatters.org/JTM-PNW


The impetus for JTM-Pacific Northwest is this call to action:

Journalism is at a crossroads. What will support its basic values, while adapting its practice to new economic, social and technological realities? The northwest is alive with media innovations that can help us understand what is happening in the nation's traditional and emerging news organizations to ensure the vitality of "journalism that matters" that serves the public.


In partnership with the UW Department of Communication and its Masters of Communication in Digital Media program, we shall convene some of the best minds in the region to:

* Understand the promise - and pitfalls - of the emerging news ecology - the information exchange among the public, government, and institutions that informs, inspires, engages, and activates

* Foster lasting connections among regional journalists and the communities they serve

* Surface new partnerships and innovations for a healthy northwest and national ecosystem


* Greater clarity and commitment to the many projects and ideas participants bring with them

* New and unexpected partnerships between participants

* Journalism innovations seeded throughout the northwest

* Deeper understanding of emerging relationships among journalism, communities, and democracy

* Beginnings of a community of practice among people in the northwest who care about journalism and civic engagement


The opening day includes a "News and Information Commons", with tables hosted by people from the wide range of Northwest media organizations. Following dinner, we'll have 3 "conversation catalysts" talk briefly:

For the people: Norman Rice, former Seattle mayor and current president and CEO of the Seattle Foundation

For the press: Tracy Record, co-publisher and editor, www.WestSeattleBlog.com

And a "shape-shifter", putting a twist on what's possible: Chris Jordan, artist, currently showing at the Pacific Science Center - http://www.pacsci.org/runningthenumbers

We'll follow the talks with a "World Café" conversation among participants.

The rest of the confab uses JTM's signature process mode - Open Space Technology. They key goal of this process -- blur the lines between participants and presenters. We acknowledge that every participant brings know that will can make them a presenter.

Bill Densmore,
Peggy Holman,
Stephen Silha,
Mike Fancher,
Chris Peck and the entire JTM community