Let’s Talk Education: The Good, The Bad—The Whole Story
Find out how journalists and news organizations are using solutions-framed storytelling to effectively engage and share important information with their readers, viewers and listeners when it comes to reporting about major issues in public education.
When: Thursday May 31st 5:30-9pm
Where: Migration Brewing’s Private Event Space
2828 NE Glisan
What: -The Solutions Journalism Network (SJN), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Online News Association (ONA) are presenting a panel of award winning journalists to share insights about some of their best work covering challenges in public education. They’ll explain why solutions-oriented reporting (SoJo) is proving to be a valued and effective approach to communicate important, evidence-based information. You’ll hear about SoJo stories currently in the pipeline and find out how journalists (freelancers as well as members of news organizations) are identifying responsible sources for training and funding for this journalism practice.
Who: -Linda Shaw will moderate. She’s Western Region Manager, Newsrooms for SJN and was editor of the award-winning Education Lab reporting project at The Seattle Times.
-Bethany Barnes, Reporter covering Portland Public Schools for The Oregonian. Her March 2018 series,”Reading, Writing, Evicted”, focused on the on-going
problem facing school children, their families and local public schools because of unaffordable rent increases and no-cause evictions. She also reported how the problem is being addressed by another large public school system in Texas. Bethany is the 2018 Brechner Freedom of Information Award recipient for her investigative work, Benefit of the Doubt.
– Shasta Kearns Moore, Education Reporter for The Portland Tribune and Pamplin Media. She’s currently part of the team guiding and reporting an 8-month project, “Rattled in Oregon”, detailing the serious, often hidden problems associated with concussions and student athletes across the entire state. Until now, data that could guide public policy and best practices has been ignored. Shasta will explain how a solutions-oriented (SoJo) approach to engage student athletes might lead to responses not obvious to the “experts” and get the journalism in front of an audience that’s tough to reach.
-Neal Morton, is an Education Lab Reporter for The Seattle Times. Now in his second year of writing primarily solutions-based stories, he has lots to share about the impact the SoJo approach can have as well as what impact is own work has made.
Why: Because it’s important to expose people to stories that help them understand problems and challenges, AND report stories that show potential ways to respond. This can elevate public discourse, spur citizen agency, reduce polarization and strengthen democracy.
How: You just have to show up and participate in the conversation. Find out how SoJo works and how to engage in it, maybe share your own experiences and thoughts about engagement with audiences and editors and how that’s working/not working for you, and what’s attracting you to SoJo or keeping you from including this “practice” in your tool kit.
FACT: When SoJo story telling is added to the mix, it improves the overall quality and impact of journalism..
This event is FREE to attend! All you pay for is your food & beverages!
The event space holds 50 and I need to get an idea of how many people to set it up for, so PLEASE REPLY TO ME AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING ASAP!
Solutions Journalism Network