Projects & Events

Covering White Nationalism

Members of the National Socialist Movement, one of the largest white nationalist type groups in the country, march to a rally at the state capital in Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S., November 10, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

In the wake of the 2016 election, the country has seen an upsurge in white nationalist activity—and Oregon is an epicenter.  In partnership with the Western States Center and with support from the SOJC Dean’s office, the Agora Journalism Center hosted “Communicating About White Nationalism,” a day-long workshop for journalists.  Read more about the regional and national journalists who shared their expertise.

Read more about the regional and national journalists who shared their expertise.

Engaging Communities

This Fall, we wrapped up our Engaging Communities cohort with a visit to the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford, UK. This project builds upon our “Finding Common Ground” grant-funded project from 2018, which was generously funded by The Robert Bosch Foundation and the News Integrity Initiative. The project’s goal was to achieve cross-border collaboration with engagement practitioners in the media. It supported 8 media outlets from the United States and Europe that focused on building connections and trust with their communities.

Listeners Podcast

Listeners Podcast

Listeners Podcast is a show about the craft and power of listening. We talk with media and communication experts, thought leaders, doers, and innovators whose ideas can amplify the quality of our dialogue and interactions

Related articles: The story that changed the direction of the Listeners Podcast, September 2018 Introducing the Listeners Podcast, July 2018

Finding Common Ground

Finding Common Ground aims to achieve cross-border collaboration with engagement practitioners in the media by supporting projects that get people to look up from their devices, meet people with different opinions, listen, and engage in meaningful and civil dialogue across silos and polarized positions. Finding Common Ground is made possible through the generous grants from the Bosch Foundation and the News Integrity Initiative.

Related articles: Announcing Finding Common Ground Awardees, March 2018 New initiative Finding Common Ground offers funding for newsrooms to expand existing engagement projects, January 2018

Gather: An Engaged Journalism Collaborative

Gather Gather is a project + platform to support community-minded journalists and other engagement professionals. The platform’s mission is to make journalism more responsive to the public’s needs and more inclusive of the public’s voices and diversity, by helping journalists, educators, and students who share these values find each other, find resources and best practices and find support and mentorship. Gather is made possible through the generous grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund, and the News Integrity Initiative.

Related articles: Gather platform helps journalists who give the public a voice, November 2017 It’s time to Gather, and we hope you’ll join us, October 2017

Open: Housing

Open:Housing is a platform, a network, and a set of strategies aimed at strengthening the information ecosystem that supports civic engagement around housing issues. A second chapter for this project is underway. Please keep an eye on this space for updates coming soon.

Related articles: Portland media, community partners collaborate to tell housing stories, October 2016 UO, media and community partners come together to strengthen public conversation about Portland’s housing crisis, October 2016 One Issue Many Perspectives – a collaboration, October 2016 Open: Housing Facebook Group

Producing Pedestrian Stories with Community

In collaboration with the Portland Bureau of Transportation, students in DeVigal’s Reporting Within Communities multimedia journalism master’s course produced a series of videos to start a dialogue about walking in Portland and inform the city’s pedestrian planning process also known as PedPDX. The team of students followed eight Portland pedestrians around the city with their cameras, revealing their walking abilities and challenges. The community members’ narration highlighted the importance of walking in their lives and their hopes for Portland’s future as a great place to walk.

Related articles: SOJC offers 5 community engagement tips for journalists, July 2018

Engagement Conferences: Experience & Elevate

These working conferences, a partnership with Journalism That Matters, was held in 2015 & 2017, and explored the question: What is possible when the public and journalists engage to support communities to thrive? Our intent is to illuminate, inform, and support community information health that contributes to thriving, inclusive communities by learning about processes that grow it, creating products that support it, catalyzing a community of practice dedicated to it, and identifying actions to amplify it.

Related articles: Elevate Engagement Manifesto, July 2017 Agora Journalism Center to host engaged journalism workshops, September 2017

Using Data To Create Stories

Hack Oregon Hack Oregon and the Agora Journalism Center collaborated on a 3-day Storytelling with Data Build-a-Thon, on March 26-28, 2015 at the George S. Turnbull Portland Center. Interdisciplinary teams were recruited within the community to produce data-driven stories inspired by themes around some of the biggest issues facing Portland and Oregon. Each team was comprised of journalists, developers, designers, subject matter experts and students.

Related articles: Turning Data into Civic Tools: Journalists, Coders, Students Collaborate in Portland, May 2015 Using Data To Create Stories, April 2015