REPORT: Reimagining News and Community in the Pacific Northwest -- 250 commit to ecosystem collaboration, "happiness" index

Commitments develop a collaborative news ecosystem for the Pacific Northwest and a "happiness index" to measure the performance of U.S. comunities were among outcomes of the first regional Journalism That Matters convening.

More than 250 journalists, technologists, academics, civic activists and representatives of non-profit organizations gathered Jan. 7-10, 2010 for "Journalism That Matters: Re-imagining News & Community in the Pacific Northwest," at the University of Washington. A comprehensive wiki includes links to breakout sessions, photos, audio, reports and coverage of the gathering.  You can also read the original invitation.

Journalism That Matters  is an informal collaborative which includes The Media Giraffe Project. It has organized more than a dozen events which bring together journalists and other interests to help seed ideas that will sustain and morph journalism in the digital age.

The next JTM event is "Create or Die:  Innovate, incubate, initiate," June 3-6, in Detroit.