Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy
March 1, 2010
10 a.m. – Welcome
Alberto Ibargüen – President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Plenary Session: The Changing Media Ecosystem
Speakers: Eric Newton, Vice President/Journalism – Knight Foundation
Terry Mazany, President and CEO, The Chicago Community Trust
11:45 a.m. – Noon - BREAK
Introduction: Paul Grogan, CEO, The Boston Foundation
Featured Speaker: Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News
BREAK – 1:30 – 1:45 p.m.
1:45 - 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions – First Round
1. New models for professional journalism: Day 1 Report | Day 2 Report
Explore how journalism professionals are providing community news through non-profit news organizations and other new structures going beyond traditional media of daily newspapers and local broadcasting.
Facilitator: Anders Gyllenhaal, Executive Editor, The Miami Herald
2. Citizen and volunteer journalism Day 1 Report | Day 2 Report
Learn how community residents are taking journalism into their own hands by starting web sites, blogs and other new forms of digital media.
Facilitator: Susan Mernit, Consultant/Entrepreneur
3. Universal digital access: building the new public square Day 1 Report | Day 2 Report
Provide access and engage your community members in open debates and discussions around important local issues. Explore how to ensure that all segments of the community are included and comfortable with new tools for community conversations.
Facilitator: Kim Marcille Romaner, Founder, Possibilities Amplified, Inc.
4. Government web sites, libraries and other nonprofit hubs Day 1 Report | Day 2 Report
Develop partnerships with local institutions that already are information providers but simply aren’t engaging enough people to have real impact.
Facilitator: Jerry Wareham, President & CEO WVIZ/PBS & 90.3 WCPN ideastream
5. Information as a catalyst for action Day 1 Report | Day 2 Report
Go beyond the information itself to see how and why people and communities engage with it to accomplish things.
Facilitator: Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Founder and President, AmericaSpeaks
6. Mapping and understanding your community’s media ecosystem Day 1 Report | Day 2 Report
Do you really know what you need to know to start new media projects in your community? Here’s a tour of the many different “media plants and animals” that make up a news ecosystem.
Facilitator: Esther Thorson, University of Missouri School of Journalism
7. News literacy, media literacy, digital literacy, civic literacy Day 1 Report | Day 2 Report
How improvements in education and training are at the heart of increasing public demand for both excellent journalism and civic engagement.
Facilitator: Diana Mitsu Klos, Sr. Project Director, American Society of News Editors
8. Broadening your pool of donors and ideas to include the information arena Day 1 Report | Day 2 Report
Using masterful sales tools and techniques learn how to expand your organization’s potential in the information arena.
Facilitator: Dirk Beveridge, President, 4thGeneration Systems
BREAK – 3:30 – 3:45 p.m.
3:45 – 5:30 p.m. Plenary Session
“Staying Current and on Top of the Future”
Moderator: Gary Kebbel, Journalism Program Director, Knight Foundation
Speaker: Warren Webster, President of Patch Media
Speaker: Amy Webb, Webbmedia Group
BREAK – 5:30- 6:30 p.m.
6:30 – 9:00 p.m. RECEPTION & DINNER
Dinner Panel: “Gaming for Engagement”
Moderator: Trabian Shorters, Vice President, Communities, Knight Foundation
Speakers: Jenna Dorn, CEO -National Academy of Public Administration
Frank Lantz, Co-Founder -Area/Code
Colleen Macklin, Associate Professor and Director – PETLab at Parsons, the New School for Design
March 2, 2010
Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. – Plenary Session
Developing Strength: Doing Something in Your Community
Moderator: Steve Gunderson, President and CEO – Council on Foundations
Speakers: Josie Heath, President, Community Foundation Serving Boulder County
Leslie Lilly, President and CEO, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin County
JoAnn Turnquist, President, Central Carolina Community Foundation
Mayur Patel, Director, Strategic Assessment and Impact, Knight Foundation
BREAK – 10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
10:15 – Noon BREAKOUT SESSIONS – 2nd Round
BREAK Noon – 12:15 p.m.
12:15 – 2:00 p.m. Closing Remarks