Here is a collection of links and resources for work and experiments I've been involved with. They're loosely organized by overall topic, theme or project.
Creating a culture of listening in journalism
In March 2018, I organized a convening of community-minded journalists and funders on behalf of the American Press Institute to discuss how an emphasis on listening can help newsrooms build and strengthen relationships with the communities they serve. I wrote a report from the insights that surfaced at the event and follow-up research offering a practical guide for journalists to adopt strategies centered on deep listening.
- How a culture of listening strengthens reporting and relationships (American Press Institute)
Systems thinking for journalists
As engagement lead for The New School's Journalism + Design program, I've c0-developed workshops and resources to help journalists use tools from a practice called systems thinking to understand and address complex problems, in their reporting, in their newsrooms and with their communities.
- Toward a systems change mindset for journalism
- How systems thinking can transform journalism
- Community, power and gentrification in North Carolina
A key focus of my work is rooted in facilitating collaborations among newsrooms and developing creative partnerships with media, arts and community groups. Here are a few examples of collaborations I've helped engineer and support.
- Introducing Voting Block, a New Jersey reporting collaboration on the governor's race (Center for Cooperative Media)
- How New Jersey newsrooms are working together to expose local contamination (Reveal)
- How CIR teamed with Alabama Media Group to launch investigative reporting lab (Reveal)
- How CIR is helping localize our reporting on veterans' wrongful deaths (Reveal)
- CIR and Discourse Media team up for Trans Mountain listening tour (Discourse Media)
- Hands across America: How to make local/national journalism collaborations work (NiemanLab)
Theater and journalism
- Journalists explore Mississippi's civil rights legacy through theater (Reveal)
- How a New Jersey couple's battle with a leaking oil tank became theater (Reveal)
Eyes on Oakland
In 2015, I worked with a group of artists to launch Eyes on Oakland, a roving, interactive art exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California that sought local perspectives on police surveillance. The project mixed social practice art with engaged journalism, sparking fact-based conversations on surveillance technology through a mobile newsroom and a community-sourced installation.
- What Oakland, California, residents think about police surveillance (Reveal)
- Art and journalism collide in Eyes on Oakland (Reveal)
- Journalists use "social practice art" to inform and engage audiences (Nieman Storyboard)
Since 2015, I've supported a collaboration between The Center for Investigative Reporting and the California College of the Arts to create a class entitled "Animated Investigations" through the Center for Art and Public Life's ENGAGE program. With Assistant Professor Christoph Steger, I have helped shape the class and curriculum, and identified opportunities for CCA students to bring their creativity to CIR.
- CIR and CCA to launch collaborative animated investigations course (Reveal)
- Art students give Reveal stories the GIF treatment (Reveal)
- How an art student helped enhance our investigations (Reveal)
- What we learned by pairing animation students with investigative reporting (Reveal)
- Fall 2016 syllabus for Animated Investigations (Christoph Steger / California College of the Arts)
Comedy and journalism
In 2016, The Center for Investigative Reporting teamed up with independent radio station WFMU to host a series of stand-up comedy shows based on original investigative reporting on toxic contamination from newsrooms in New Jersey. The result: Toxic Comedy.
- Finding humor in toxic contamination. Seriously. (Reveal)
- How to turn toxic contamination into stand-up comedy (Reveal)
- At CIR-WFMU show, comedians mine environmental reporting for laughs (Current)
Conceived as part of the Voting Block collaboration in New Jersey, Political Potlucks are an effort to convene neighbors over a meal and have a discussion about politics. The goal is to use the dinner table for civic conversations that can help inform news coverage and promote productive dialogue.
- Political Potluck conversation guide (Voting Block)
- Voting Block encourages New Jersey neighbors to talk politics (Reveal)
Voices from Standing Rock and beyond
As part of Reveal's Chasing Energy series, I led a variety of creative engagement initiatives to spotlight local perspectives on new pipeline developments from Standing Rock to Trans Mountain.