Friends of Friends: Workshop Edition

Tips and training for audience first storytelling and community engagement when reporting on social justice issues 

Featured Presentations from “Engage! Using Audience Engagement to Report on Social Justice Issues” Workshop, April 28 2017

Hands-on training in audience engagement, community data sourcing and use of social media video. Industry leaders, journalists, community members and students discussed tough questions facing our industry: What are the best ways to meet readers/watchers/listeners where they are and give them information how they want it? How can we collaborate with communities to more accurately report and represent the social justice issues they face.

Video Gallery

Speaker Sessions

David Eads is the Senior Supervising Editor for the visuals team at NPR, where he builds new applications.He also developed the Tarbell platform, an open source publishing tool. Before joining NPR, he worked for the Chicago Tribune.

In this workshop he walked participants through the process of how he and his teammates at NPR build apps that encourage audience participation.

 

Talia Buford covers disparities in environmental impacts for ProPublica. Previously, she was a reporter at The Center for Public Integrity and has also worked for POLITICO Pro and The Providence (R.I.) Journal.

She walked workshop participants through strategies for finding the right community members to feature, how to build and keep their trust, and tips on interviewing for narrative storytelling.

 

Amanda Zamora leads audience growth and engagement efforts at The Texas Tribune. Previously, she was a senior engagement editor at ProPublica. She has also worked at The Washington Post and the Austin American-Statesman.

Zamora provided the Keynote Address — Optimizing for Humility. Are we so focused on training journalists to be right that we’re not training them be humble? She shared how newsrooms can — and should — embrace humility as a core value that can improve our journalism and win back audiences.

 

John Ketchum is the associate producer on the social media team at CNN. Before CNN, he was at the Center for Public Integrity, an investigative news outlet based in Washington, D.C. He is also a Knight-funded Innovator-in-Residence at WVU. 

 

 

Breakout Sessions 

Terry Parris Jr. is an engagement editor for ProPublica’s and an adjunct professor at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to joining ProPublica, he led digital production and engagement at WDET 101.9 FM, NPR’s affiliate in Detroit.

 

 

Julia Haslanger is an engagement consultant with Hearken. Before Hearken, she worked as an audience engagement editor at The Wall Street Journal, a page designer at Politico and a web producer for Politico Pro.

 

 

Dexter Mullins is a Senior Producer at NowThis News. He’s previously worked at NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, The Wall Street Journal, WSJ Live, Al Jazeera America and CBS News.

 

 

 Food Access Panel Discussion

This ignite-style panel discussion will took a candid look at collecting data on how people in America access food. The panel will feature information about the app and class project along with feedback from students from both MSU and WVU.

Featuring:

David Smith teaches in the visual journalism program at the WVU Reed College of Media and serves as a multimedia specialist for the College’s communications team. Before coming to WVU, Smith worked as a freelance photographer.

 

 

Ron Taylor is a Professional Fellow at the Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication. He also served as the School’s 2014-15 Knight Fellow.

 

 

Hilary Kinney is a senior journalism student at the West Virginia University Reed College of Media.

 

 

 

Jazmine Hawes is a senior broadcasting and integrated media student at Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication.

 

 

 

Nick Tabidze is a journalism graduate student at the West Virginia University Reed College of Media.

 

 

 

John Ketchum is the associate producer on the social media team at CNN. Before CNN, he was at the Center for Public Integrity, an investigative news outlet based in Washington, D.C. He is also a Knight-funded Innovator-in-Residence at WVU. 

 

 

Tips for Journalists Panel Discussion

Panel discussion with community members from Charleston, Baltimore and Morgantown who shared insight for journalists on ways to source information, build relationships and prepare before coming into a community to report on sensitive topics of race and injustice.

Featuring:

Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, III is a community organizer, budding farmer, social entrepreneur and Senior Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also the founder of the Black Church Food Security Network.

 

 

Dr. Bradley Wilson is an associate professor of geography at West Virginia University. He is the founder and director of the WVU Food Justice Lab, an experimental space to create more equitable food systems.

 

 

Carrie Burns is an Education and Advocacy Coordinator for the Maryland Food System Map Project. She joined the Center for a Livable Future as a research assistant and has also served as the Project’s communications specialist.

 

 

Turé Johnson is currently the supervisor of Paradise Farms, which is the eighth Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certified farm in West Virginia and one component of KISRA’s Growing Jobs Project.

 

 

Joel Beeson is an associate professor at the WVU Reed College of Media. He co-leads with Jackie Jones the collaborative initiative between Morgan State University School of Global Communication and Journalism and the Reed College of Media, which developed “Bridging Selma” and “Broken Plate,” two investigative social justice reporting projects.