In most newsrooms, engagement is still seen as a nice-to-do, but not essential component of day-to-day journalism. We’d like to argue that, increasingly, engagement is journalism. Our work at Experience Engagement surfaced significant tensions between objectivity/independence as traditional journalistic norms and engagement/interdependence as emerging values. From the community side there is a notable tension about trusting journalists to be authentic/reciprocal partners and who holds journalists accountable. This panel will look at engagement as a necessary component of their day-to-day work focusing on connecting with community, building trust, understanding needs, diversifying view points and creating better journalism.
Organised in association with UO-SOJC's Agora Journalism Center.