2019 Collaborative Journalism Summit

Code of Conduct

CJS SAFETY HELPLINE: Members of the CCM team will be available via voice or text at (805) 334-5296, or by email at info@njnewscommons.org.

The Center for Cooperative Media is committed to providing a welcoming and harassment-free environment for attendees of all races, genders and trans statuses, sexual orientations, physical abilities, physical appearances, and beliefs. This code of conduct is necessary not because we expect people from our community to behave badly—which, if you know this community, you know it is generally caring and kind—but because we believe that a clear code of conduct is necessary when it comes to building a respectful space for the whole community.

CJS participants must all agree to:

  • Be considerate in speech and actions, and actively seek to acknowledge and respect the boundaries of fellow attendees.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech. Harassment includes, but is not limited to: deliberate intimidation; stalking; unwanted photography or recording; sustained or willful disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; use of sexual or discriminatory imagery, comments, or jokes; and unwelcome sexual attention. If you feel that someone has harassed you or otherwise treated you inappropriately, please alert any member of the conference team in person, via the team phone/text line, or via email.
  • Take care of each other. Alert a member of the conference team if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this code of conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.

If any attendee engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any lawful action we deem appropriate, including but not limited to warning the offender or asking the offender to leave the conference. (If you feel you have been unfairly accused of violating this code of conduct, you should contact the conference team with a concise description of your grievance; any grievances filed will be considered by the entire CCM team.)

Our code of conduct covers the entirety of our time together for the Collaborative Journalism Summit, including evening activities. We understand there could also be experiences or interactions that happened before, and independent of, our event that may affect your capacity to participate fully. We request that if you have such concerns, and feel comfortable doing so, let us know about them in advance, during, or after the conference.

During the Summit, we will publicize a contact email and phone number, in addition to pointing out our staff members and CJS helpers so you know who to contact if you see or experience an issue. We welcome your feedback on this and every other aspect of the Collaborative Journalism Summit, and we thank you for working with us to make it a safe, enjoyable, and friendly experience for everyone who participates.


In addition to this code of conduct, we also have a care and support page with details about how we can take care of each other at this event.

Above text is licensed CC BY-SA 4.0. Credit to Citizen Code of Conductthe Django Project’s code of conduct and Theorizing the Web code of conduct from which we’ve extensively borrowed, with general thanks to the Ada Initiative’s “how to design a code of conduct for your community.”