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.

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.

Media collaboration

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.



Theater and journalism

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.

 Animated investigations

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.

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.

Political Potlucks

Credit: Orhan Akkurt

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.

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.