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Bring it to the Table at Engage Local National Conference


  • Newark, NJ

Join us June 15-16 for the 2nd national conference of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. This year our theme is Engage Local – and we'll be looking at all the smart ways media organizations can use engagement to report the news, create brand loyalty, fund their enterprises and turn an active ear towards their communities.

The event kicks off on June 15 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center with a 7-9 p.m. Town Hall in which journalists, civic leaders and the public will talk about the issue of redevelopment in Newark. The event is part of the National Community and News Literacy Roundtables Project, a joint initiative of the American Society of News Editors, The Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the News Literacy Project and the American Press Institute. Click here to register for the Newark Town Hall discussion.

Day Two (June 16) takes place across the street at the historic Robert Treat Hotel. Highlights include a lunch conversation between Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, and Merrill Brown, director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University.

Among the topics addressed during the day's 20+ panels, presentations and breakout discussions are:

  • Community-Driven Journalism and the Art of Listening
  • Rethinking Revenue by Engaging Community
  • Civic Activism and Journalism: How to Wear Both Hats
  • Social Journalism and Responsibility
  • Engaging the Community in Times of Crisis 

Among the 45+ presenters is Montclair-based filmmaker Julie Winokur, whose Kickstarter-funded engagement project "Bring it to the Table" is a model for political opponents to sit down and engage civilly. 

The team behind WNYC's Bored and Brilliant will deliver a case study of just how they created the station's most successful audience engagement campaign to date.

Visit http://www.engagelocal.org for more information.