Engagement Hub: Engaging Communities Changes How Journalists Work

Just cross-posting an article from the Journalism That Matters' Engagement Hub that examines the influence engaging communities has on how journalists work.

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Help us grow a more diverse and engaged audience

Whether you are considering a new venture or whether you’ve been at it for years, we want to accelerate everyone’s effectiveness by doing what Journalism That Matters has always done: connecting people with each other and linking them to what’s happening around the country with journalism innovations that support diverse communities and democracy to thrive.

To help this process, I'm asking you to complete a three-minute, three-question survey by the end of August. Journalism That Matters and it’s partner, the American Society of News Editors, will use it to improve the “Engagement Hub” – a platform for peer-to-peer exchange about engaging community.

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Why I'm thankful for Journalism That Matters

Today marks the sixth anniversary of my first Journalism That Matters “unconference,” a four-day mashup of journalists, technologists and venture capitalists held at Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif.

At the time, I had recently walked away from a job as an established newspaper reporter to nurture a public media startup, American Public Media’s Public Insight Network (PIN). The NewsTools 2008 gathering introduced me to a spirited community of entrepreneurs, many in their own states of transition, all working to fuel a “do more with more” ecology for news.

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Update: Community Connection and Inclusion

Since its announcement last December, the ASNE and Journalism That Matters partnership for engaging diverse communities in meeting their news and information needs has identified three pilot sites and begun building an interactive platform for supporting news organizations in doing high-quality community engagement. 

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JTM announces new executive director

Journalism that Matters is excited to announce that Peggy Holman, a JTM co-founder and long-time board member is now serving as the organization’s Executive Director.

In 2001, Holman joined three career journalists in founding Journalism that Matters to support the pioneers who are shaping the emerging news and information ecology.

In her new role, Holman will oversee JTM’s growth as the organization matures beyond event production and expands into a hub for supporting journalism innovation and community engagement. Said Holman:

"I see an opportunity for us to fill a vital niche by connecting people who are reinventing ways in which the public's voice enters into news and information. News organizations that are forging new ground around engagement often find themselves alone in the wilderness. We want to provide a place for them to benefit from each other's work."

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