[Unconference] Session 3 Engagement is Relational, Not Transactional

  • Saturday - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Cenntennial Ballroom G
  • #ONAuncon

Tell us what we've missed! The unconference is a chance for registered attendees to propose conversations on topics we may not have covered elsewhere.

Walking through the convention floor and looking through the schedule, it’s clear that “engagement” is the latest rage. And it has been for awhile. Just look at the growing number of engagement editor positions.

And although the definition is nuance, I want to talk about community engagement and NOT audience engagement.

If you want to talk about Twitter, Facebook, and other social media metrics (or even commenting platforms), this session isn’t for you.

I want us to come together in this unconference session to answer the question: What does journalism look like when we purposefully put the public at the center of what we do, bring people together who accurately represent diverse voices, authentically listen, and deliberately connect conversations to tell the whole story.

We will also use this time to gather the intelligence of the group to shape an upcoming digital platform that will support the community of practice of engaged journalism. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is making an investment to support the platform and spread best practices in engagement among journalists across the nation.

Andrew DeVigal is the inaugural Chair in Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement and the first professor of practice at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC). He runs programs and projects at the Agora Journalism Center, the gathering place for innovation in communication and civic engagement.

— This session has recorded audio


Andrew DeVigal