It’s the start of an exciting week as orientation for the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism & Communication takes place in the next few days. I haven’t had much time in recent weeks, but I wanted to share an early win even before the term started. In August, we convened 50 journalists, educators, community leaders and tech/business innovators to answer the question: How might a Center for Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement provide a unique approach to truly transform the possibility and promise of journalism in the digital age? How might we, as a community, revitalize and reimagine the media ecosystem?
We called the event Front 50. A full report will be available in the coming weeks. More importantly, I’m excited by several projects that were hatched during this gathering. In the meantime, we published this short video that captured the energy and momentum produced from Day One.
I’d like to thank Studio McDermott for capturing these thoughts and the extremely quick turnaround in producing the video.
Around the O originally published a piece August 29th. The Center for Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement will officially open in November.
Despite the density and scale of NYC, it’s always an amazing surprise when you randomly run into friends. (cc: @damonwinter)
What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet -
When you wake up, you have this gift of a blank brain. You could fill it with anything. But for most of us, we have this kind of panic. Instead of wondering what should I do, we wonder what did I miss.
Some excellent food for thought and need for some habit changing.
Israel, Gaza, War & Data — i ❤ data -
A healthy democracy is contingent on having a healthy media ecosystem. As builders of these online networked spaces, how do we make sure we are optimizing not only for traffic and engagement, but also an informed public?
We need to build (analog and digital) places that encourages healthy public debate and discourse.
The danger of silence -
"A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice."
Extremely relevant today and in the last couple of weeks.
Docs & the Law Blog: Storytellers Needed! Collaborations and the Promise of i-Docs • Penn Law -
If they are correct, then i-Docs may be a mechanism by which visual legal advocates can employ documentary practices and other forms of digital media to encourage storytellers to step up and join with others to create communities around the pursuit of social justice.
Let’s do this!
Culture on the same page as product - Context Partners -
When we hear the taglines “Just Do It” or “Think Different” we often relate them to marketing campaigns. But the reality is those were north stars that drove the cultures of two companies that fundamentally defined the way that we live today, let alone the cultures of Portland and Silicon Valley, respectively.
Excellent post by Charlie Brown on company’s culture and PDX.
Abashed fish boxtroll from Laika at #tfnw
Inspiring talk on community and ecosystem | “Our destiny is not within ourselves but with each other.” - @marazepeda at #tfnw