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Organising the Organisers - for journalism network builders

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Media Point, Chapter Arts Centre

Market Road

Canton

CF5 1QE

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Bringing together community organisers in journalism on a quarterly basis to meet each other, as well as peers across different sectors, to share opportunities, challenges, lessons learned and best practice.

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It’s been touted that 2018 will be the ‘year of the relationship builder’ in journalism, with new jobs being created to help media organisations with everything from rebuilding trust to reimagining funding.

But we don't yet know exactly what those jobs will look like, how the roles will be funded or what the scope of this work will be.

As community builders tasked with supporting the growth of collaborative, investigative newsrooms, we shake our fists at duplicated efforts and love pointing people to cool projects that already exist.

That’s why The Ferret and the Bureau Local are inviting our growing number of friends working in this space to get together on a regular basis to share our vision, challenges and tips. (Find out more about the vision behind the network here)

Our autumn meet-up has been organised as part of the News Impact Summit on Local News & Community Engagement in Cardiff - this will be a pre-summit event and we will also be hosting a session within the summit itself the next day, looking at 'Innovative Ways to Get Involved with News Coverage' with Charlotte Knowles and Kat Wright who run News Club Brixton and News Club Manchester.

Let's get organised!

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Intro: Rachel Hamada, Bureau Local and The Ferret, Organising the Organisers

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Professor Rachel Howells - Rachel is former editor of the Port Talbot Magnet and is currently carrying out research on behalf of the actor and activist Michael Sheen on news black holes in the UK. She will share some of the story behind the Magnet, her research and the importance of having journalism embedded in local communities and their lives

Discussion: Engagement through events. We'll be looking at case studies and hearing from those who have tried news events as a form of building relationships and trust with the communities they serve. What works? What doesn't? What has inspired you? What would you like to try?

Social: Time to mingle, chat, have some wine/juice/nibbles and share stories.

N.B. Places are free but please only register if you are intending to come as places are limited. Thanks.

Further reading and viewing (please forward your suggestions too, to elizaandrachel@tbij.com)

“The cure lies within us, if we have the will and the imagination to develop it” (Heather Chaplin, The New School)

Seven newsrooms share the promise & pitfalls of moving the engagement needle with members (Jessica Best and Alec Saelens, The Membership Puzzle Project)

What can we do for journalism? (Rasmus Kleis Neilsen, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism)

The problem with real news and what we can do about it (Rob Wijnberg, De Correspondent)

How a culture of listening strengthens reporting and relationships (Cole Goins, American Press Institute)

Public or closed? How much activity really exists? See how other news organizations’ Facebook Groups are faring (Christine Schmidt, Nieman Lab)

The art of hosting meaningful engagement events (Lisa Heyamoto and Todd Milbourn)

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Media Point, Chapter Arts Centre

Market Road

Canton

CF5 1QE

United Kingdom

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