Journalism That Matters: The Memphis Sessions, Jan. 11-12, 2007
Link to wrap-up coverage of JTM-The
An effort to change the course of
journalism from Memphis -- just as the King changed music
Journalism that Matters Consortium and
The Media Giraffe Project gathered a group in Memphis
Jan. 11-12, 2007 to help change
the course of American journalism. It represented a first
structured dialog among media activists, news industry veterans,
researchers on the new news ecology.
Read Chris Peck's invitation letter
Start working on Geneva Overholser's "Manifesto
Next Newsroom white paper
Read Len Witt's
Constructing an Open Source Framework for
See who registered.
"From Mainstream to New Media:
Finding Common Ground to Grow Participatory Democracy," was an open
exchange which preceeded and overlapped -- but was independent of -- the
Third National Conference for Media Reform at the Memphis [Tenn.] Cook Convention Center.
Bill Densmore, director, The Media
Giraffe Project at UMass Amherst
Michael Fancher, editor-at-large,
The Seattle Times
Peggy Holman, author, The
Geneva Overholser, professor, Univ.
of Missouri School of Journalism
Chris Peck, editor, The
Commercial-Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.
Stephen Silha, director, Journalism
That Matters Consortium and president, Washington News Council.
Thursday, Jan. 11
MEET: Memphis Cook Convention Center Room L-8
- 3 p.m.-5 p.m. -- Roundtable introductions and statements of intention
- 5 p.m. -- Break; downtown private tour
- 5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. -- Depart for dinner
- 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m. -- Pre-dinner reception
- 6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. -- Dinner and discussion: Manifesto For Change, Next Newsroom, Open Source Framework / Geneva
Overholser, Chris Peck,
- 9:30 p.m. -- Vans return to hotels
Friday, Jan. 12
- 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. -- Journalism That Matters Opening Circle
- 9:00 a.m.-Breakout session one
- 10:30 a.m. -- Breakout session two
- Noon - 1 p.m. -- Lunch at nearby restaurant
- 1 p.m. -- Breakout session three
- 2:30 p.m. -- Learning circle
- 3 p.m. -- Group coaching sessions
- 5 p.m. -- Wrapup session:
What was learned, what actions are intended
- 6:00 p.m. -- Adjourn. Dinner on your own.
Garden Hotel is located directly across the
street from the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Amenities include a
fitness center, complimentary breakfast buffet, free high-speed internet
in selected rooms, 24-hour copying and faxing and a library. Rates: $104
for single or double rooms. Reserve
by phone by calling (901) 525-1800 and use the code "Free Press: National
Conference for Media Reform" to receive this special rate.
The Holiday Inn
Select Downtown Memphis, 160 Union Avenue,
(901) 525-5491 is also setting aside a block of rooms which may be
reserved by phone mentioning, "Journalism That Matters-Commercial Appeal."
For additional hotel options, check the
Free Press lodging page. FreePress.NET has a room block reserved at the Wyndham and
several other downtown hotels.
Registration of $75 includes a private dinner on Thurs.,
Jan. 11, and restaurant lunch on Friday, Jan. 12. JTM
participants who wish
to stay in Memphis for the FreePress conference (which runs through
Sunday) can do a single registration for $175 by registering through
For more information, send email to mail (at)
densmoreassociates.com or call 413-458-8001.