Thursday, November 14 • 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Working with Your Community to Inform Systems Change

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While journalists talk a lot about having an impact, they're not as forthcoming on how they can be more deliberate and active in informing structural change in communities. The work is often geared to spark surface-level outcomes (a law was passed, an official was held accountable, etc.), and not the deeper, root-level causes of complex problems, inequity and oppression. How can journalists invest in longer-term strategies that
provide communities with the information they need to support more healthy, equitable systems?

Using tools from social change and systems thinking – a holistic approach to grappling with complex issues – this participatory session will explore frameworks that journalists can use to build power and resiliency among communities and address deeply rooted problems. We'll introduce the fundamentals of systems thinking and facilitate exercises that will help participants identify opportunities to weave an inclusive, systems-oriented approach into their reporting, working with stakeholders to illuminate opportunities for interventions and narrative shift. Participants will leave with a new lens for the issues they cover and concrete ideas for how their journalism can be a force for structural change in collaboration with the communities they serve.


Cole Goins

Engagement Lead in Journalism + Design, The New School

Kayla Christopherson

Systems Thinking Associate, The New School

Thursday November 14, 2019 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 837 1104 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL

Attendees (10)