The First Amendment as a Roadmap for Engaged Journalism

After 20 years of working with journalists, I see a more inclusive, constructive, and engaged civic ecosystem emerging that redefines journalism’s role, reaffirms our first amendment freedoms, and supports communities to thrive.

Who am I to tell this story?

“The stories that we tell ourselves shape the way we see the world. And that shapes our behavior. Journalists are cultural storytellers. And the stories they are telling us aren’t serving us well.” That was the notion that launched my work with journalists in 1999. A racially motivated shooting — then a rarity — prompted the thought. My work at the time was in changing organizational systems using participative practices that involved people in envisioning the future they wanted and then mobilizing to create it.

Shifts emerging in journalism
Structures of Engagement

Co-founder and director, Journalism That Matters. Author, Engaging Emergence & The Change Handbook. Hosting conversations for addressing complex challenges.

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