The Media Giraffe Project, alone and in collaboration with others, helps convene seminars, conferences, workshops and other events. Among purposes of these events:
Spotlight media innovation which fosters participatory democracy and community.
Support inquiry and action toward sustaining journalism
Study and advance news literacy among the public, students and citizen journalists.
Among our convening partners have been the Journalism That Matters collaborative, the New England News Forum, Temple University, the George Washington University, Yahoo! Inc., the Minnesota Journalism Center, Southern New Hampshire University and Quinnipiac University.
Among key supporters have been The Ford Foundation, the C.S. Mott Foundation, the Education Foundation of America, the University of Massachusetts, the Scripps-Howard Foundation, the Park Foundation, the Blandin Foundation, Omidyar Network, MassLive/The Republican newspaper and the Boston Globe Foundation.
Here, in reverse chronological order, are links to some of our events, scheduled and completed. Each link leads to additional reports, video and audio resources from the event.
UPCOMING EVENTS (tentative)
"Rebooting the News: Considering the Agenda for 21st Century Civic Engagement," is scheduled for Oct. 23-25, 2008 at the Temple University downtown conference center in Philadelphia, Pa.
New Pamphleteers/New Reporters: Convening Entrepreneurs Who Combine Journalism, Democracy, Place and Blogs," was co-sponsored by the Minnesota Journalism Center, June 4-6, 2008, in Minneapolis. It attracted more than 180 bloggers, journalists, editors, engaged citizens, researchers, educators and technologists.
More than 180 people attended "JTM-Silicon Valley: NewsTools2008," a concept-design mashup for journalists, technologists and entrepreneurs, co-sponsored and held at Yahoo! Inc., in Sunnyvale, Calif., on April 30-May 3, 2008.
"Journalism That Matters -- the DC Sessions: What will happen when only the journalism is left?,", on Aug. 7-8, 2007, at GWU in Washington, D.C, was a two day exploration of next-newsroom prototypes. We asked: If advertising and journalism continue to decouple, how can we ensure that quality journalism will have its own intrinsic value?
"The New(s) England Revolution: From Politics to Courtroom to Classroom," was the kickoff event for the MGP-affiliated New England News Forum, April 7, 2007, at the Univ. of Mass. Lowell. It was a an interactive seminar drawing more than 100 teachers, journalists, local and political bloggers, community videographers, public advocates and active citizens.
"From Mainstream to New Media: Finding Common Ground to Grow Participatory Democracy," in Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 11-12, 2007, was a structured dialog, strategies exploration and project-launching collaboration among mainstream-media veterans, innovators and reformers.
"Democracy & Independence: Sharing News & Information in a Connected World," was the first summit conference of The Media Giraffe Project at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst June 28-July 1, 2006.