The schedule for the 2022 Collaborative Journalism Summit will feature two days of panels, roundtables, workshops, networking, and socializing.

If you’re attending in-person, here is what you can expect:

On Thursday, attendees will gather in the morning for breakfast and morning snacks, then will be invited inside a large auditorium to listen to conversations, discussions and panels. The day will be capped off with a workshop that is only available to in-person attendees. That night, up to 80 participants will be able to attend an in-person welcome reception at the offices of City Bureau. Then on Friday, in-person attendees are invited to participate in a series of important workshops. These workshops will run concurrently while other programming is being hosted virtually. All programming except for the workshops and welcome reception will be recorded.

If you’re attending virtually, here is what you can expect:

On Thursday, you’ll be able to watch the discussions happening live in Chicago via streaming on Zoom webinar, with the option to chat with fellow attendees and ask questions. Staff from the Center will be participating in the chat and will take questions from it for the panelists. Then on Friday, we’ll have a full day of virtual programming that will also be hosted on Zoom webinar.

Emoji key:

— Sessions marked with 🖍️ will include live graphic illustration by Derrick Dent.
— Sessions marked with 👥 will be hosted in person.
— Sessions marked with 🖥️ will be available to virtual attendees.
— Sessions marked with 🧏 will include live ASL interpretation.
— Sessions marked with 🌐 will include live Spanish interpretation.
— Sessions marked with [CC] will include closed captions via Zoom.

🗓️ DAY 1 — MAY 19, 2022
Sponsored by MacArthur Foundation

10 a.m. CST
Welcome to the 2022 Collaborative Journalism Summit! 👥 🖥️ 🧏 🌐 [CC]
Welcome, introductions + thank yous
The 2022 Collaborative Journalism Summit will open with a thank you to Columbia College Chicago for hosting, and a welcome from Day One sponsor, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Speakers: Stefanie Murray, Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University; Erin McCarthy, Ph.D., Interim Chair, Communication, Columbia College Chicago; Lauren Pabst, MacArthur Foundation

10:10 a.m. CST
Overview 🖍️ 👥 🖥️ 🧏 🌐 [CC]
The 2022 State of Collaboration
Speaker: Stefanie Murray, Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University

10:15 a.m. CST
Opening session 🖍️ 👥 🖥️ 🧏 🌐 [CC]
Solving for Chicago, one year later (Watch the recording): A discussion about the collaborative history of media in Chicago and how a new collaboration among 20 news outlets focusing on solutions journalism is changing how news works.
Speakers: Sam Cholke, project director, Solving for Chicago, Local Media Association; Alden Loury, Senior Editor, Race, Class and Communities, WBEZ; Dr. Evan Lyon, Illinois director for Partners in Health U.S., Chicagoland Vaccine Partnership
Host: Jim Brady, vice president of journalism, Knight Foundation

11 a.m. CST
Roundtable 🖍️ 👥 🖥️ 🧏 🌐 [CC]
Chicago Independent Media Alliance (Watch the recording): How a coalition of dozens of news outlets collectively raise money to support sustainability.
Speakers: Shawn Campbell, founder and general manager, CHIRP Radio; Anna DeShawn, founder and CEO, E3 Radio | The Qube; Tracy Baim, co-publisher of the Chicago Reader and founder of CIMA; and David Moran, Soapbox Productions and Organizing.
Host: Yazmin E. Dominguez, media partnerships coordinator, Chicago Reader

11:45 a.m. CST
Collaborative meditation + stretching break 👥
Relax and center yourself.
Facilitator: Rise Osby, Riotous Roots

Noon CTS
Lunch break 👥
If you’re in-person in Chicago, the Summit will provide lunch. If you’re virtual, take this time to make yourself an awesome sandwich and relax!

1 p.m. CST
Session 🖍️ 👥 🖥️ 🧏 🌐 [CC]
Change Agents (Watch the recording): A look inside a new podcast series by Chicago community organizers and emerging journalists of color who work together to produce stories of grassroots activism and empowerment in the city’s communities of color.
Speakers: Jesus J. Montero, Alex Torres, Huy Minh Do and Chris Aldana
Host: Judith McCray, Juneteenth Productions and DePaul University

1:45 p.m. CST
Session 🖍️ 👥 🖥️ 🧏 🌐 [CC]
Medill’s social justice and local news partnerships: collaboration, investigation and education (Watch the recording)
As part of Medill’s Metro Media Lab and the social justice specialization in its master’s degree program, Medill students have worked with many Chicago media outlets and professional reporters on in-depth investigative and immersive stories on topics ranging from police reform to environmental injustice to the effects of COVID on communities and much more. These collaborations allow students to learn from experienced reporters while helping local media outlets benefit from the skills and diverse experiences of students.
Speakers: Josh McGhee, reporter, Injustice Watch; Courtney Kueppers, digital reporter/producer, WBEZ; Apps Mandar Bichu, graduate student, Northwestern University; Hugo Balta, owner, Latino News Network; Tim Franklin, senior associate dean, professor and John M. Mutz Chair in Local News at the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University
Host: Kari Lydersen, lecturer, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University

2:30 p.m. CST
Session 🖍️ 👥 🖥️ 🧏 🌐 [CC]
The role of translations in collaborations (Watch the recording): La Raza, a Spanish community newspaper in Chicago, has collaborated with a diverse group of local English community media on translation. This discussion will examine how effective English to Spanish translations (and vice versa) of news stories are for successful multilingual collaborations among diverse community media outlets, and how translation limitations reduce its effectiveness.
Speakers: Jesús Del Toro, director and general manager, La Raza Newspaper; Jonathan Kealing, chief network officer, Institute for Nonprofit News; Nissa Rhee, executive director and cofounder, Borderless Magazine
Host: Anthony Advincula, ethnic media director, Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University

3-5 p.m. CST
AMA with News Revenue Hub 👥
Mary Walter Brown, CEO of the News Revenue Hub, and Rachel Glickhouse, director of learning and labs, are offering free, private 15-minute Ask Me Anything sessions at this year’s Summit! Click here to reserve your spot with Mary and click here to reserve your spot with Rachel. Walk-ins welcome as well.
Facilitators: Mary Walter Brown, CEO, News Revenue Hub; Rachel Glickhouse, director of learning and labs, News Revenue Hub

3-5 p.m. CST
AMA with Newspack 👥
Fernando Diaz, publisher solutions consultant for Newspack, will demonstrate the audience and revenue features of the WordPress platform. Sign up for one of the public demos during the Summit or for a one-on-one meeting to discuss your digital needs and goals.
Facilitators: Fernando Diaz, publisher solutions consultant, Newspack

3:15 p.m. CST
Collaborative meditation + stretching break 👥
Relax and center yourself.
Facilitator: Rise Osby, Riotous Roots

3:30 p.m. CST (In-person only; no recording will be made available)
Workshop 👥
Unleash spreadsheet magic: In this interactive workshop, Bridget Thoreson will guide participants through exploring how spreadsheet automation can inform collaboration development and reporting. Based on insights from INN’s survey on members interested in pursuing collaborations and an audience engagement survey from 10 outlets reporting on the economic status of Indian Country, participants will leave with:

– Best practices for creating surveys to surface insights
– Concrete examples of easy-to-use formulas to automate updates
– Applications for reporting and building audience
– Excitement to apply these lessons to their own work

Whether you’re a spreadsheet novice or a pivot table black belt, come experiment with how to make technology better serve our collaborative work.
Facilitator: Bridget Thoreson, Institute for Nonprofit News

Thanks to our sponsors (day 2 continues below):

🗓️ DAY 2 — MAY 20, 2022
Sponsored by Knight Foundation

9 a.m. CST
Welcome to the 2022 Collaborative Journalism Summit! 🖥️ 🧏 🌐 [CC]
Welcome to day 2
Speaker: Jim Brady, vice president, journalism, Knight Foundation

9:05 a.m. CST
Keynote 🖍️ 🖥️ 🧏 🌐 [CC]
Marina Walker Guevara (Watch the recording)
Marina Walker Guevara is the Pulitzer Center’s executive editor. Before joining the Center, Walker Guevara was deputy director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). She managed two of the largest collaborations of reporters in journalism history: The Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers, which involved hundreds of journalists using technology to unravel stories of public interest from terabytes of leaked financial data. Walker Guevara was instrumental in developing the model of large-scale media collaboration, persuading reporters who used to compete with one another instead to work together, share resources and amplify their reach and impact.
Host: mago torres, data editor, Centro Latinoamericano de Periodismo de Investigación (CLIP)

9 a.m. CST (In-person only; no recording will be made available)
Workshop 👥
Digital safety in collaborations: Learn how to begin conversations with teammates and external partners about keeping shared materials safe with the Freedom of the Press Foundation. This session pools experience from editorial and digital security training experts to discuss how to overcome the challenges of keeping data secure while working with collaborators across organizations, in the field or distributed across home offices. We will explore how you and your partners can develop practical digital security plans to keep your shared documents, research and communications defended, even if your organizations’ tech infrastructure and internal regulations for digital security differ. Come hear industry best practices for multi-team collaborations, and leave feeling more confident determining your team’s ideal toolkit and workflows.
Facilitators: Kirstin McCudden, vice president of editorial, Freedom of the Press Foundation; Olivia Martin, deputy director of digital security, Freedom of the Press Foundation

10 a.m. CST
Research roundtable 🖍️ 🖥️ 🧏 🌐 [CC] 
Cross-field collaboration (Watch the recording): How and why journalists and civil society organizations around the world are working together. 
Sarah Stonbely, research director at the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University

Collaboration between universities and news organizations (Watch the recording): This research paper identities more than 100 student/professional partnerships in various forms and examines how such partnerships contribute to journalism education and news content.
Mark Berkey-Gerard, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism, Rowan University

The interplay between collaborative scaffolding and solutions journalism (Watch the recording): This research paper traces the outcomes of solutions journalism collaboratives according to their developmental phases.
Elizabeth Hansen Shapiro, CEO and Co-Founder at The National Trust for Local News, Senior Research Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism; Caroline Porter, Researcher & Strategist at Ralstin.

10:30 a.m. CST (In-person only; no recording will be made available)
Workshop 👥
Legal considerations for collaborations: Join lawyers with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press for a workshop about legal support available pro bono to journalists across the U.S. and how to access help. They’ll be available to answer any questions you might have about legal issues facing you and your collaborators.
Facilitators: Flavie Fuentes, pro bono director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Lisa Zycherman, deputy legal director and policy counsel, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

11:30 a.m. CST
Lunch break for virtual attendees 🖥️ [CC]
Relax and get some food!

Noon CST
Roundtable, sponsored by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting 🖍️ 🖥️ 🧏 🌐 [CC]
Collaborative approaches to state government coverage in public media
Recognizing the decline of state government coverage in communities across the country and public media’s ability to help address the gap, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) commissioned a first-of-its-kind station survey to better understand the breadth and depth of this coverage at public media stations. In this session, CPB will share major findings from the 2021 study, and spotlight collaborative approaches to covering state government in public media.


— Tracy Brown, Chief Content Officer, Chicago Public Media
— Scott Cameron, Managing Editor, Indiana Public Broadcasting (IPB) News
— Scott Canon, Managing Editor, Kansas News Service

Moderator: Joy Lin, Vice President, Journalism, Corporation for Public Broadcasting

12:30 p.m. CST (In-person only; no recording will be made available)
Workshop 👥
Creating a collaboration policy for your newsroom: Your news organization has an ethics policy, right? And likely a corrections policy, a social media policy and more. But have you given though to a collaboration policy? This workshop, led by Heather Bryant of Project Facet, will help participants think about how a collaboration policy could be useful to their organization and begin designing it.
Facilitators: Heather Bryant, Project Facet; Andre Natta, MuckRock.

1 p.m. CST
Session— Sponsored by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism 🖍️ 🖥️ 🧏 🌐 [CC]
Making money beyond grants (Watch the recording): A look at how collaboratives are earning the revenue they need to grow and sustainable.
Speakers: Leah Todd, Solutions Journalism Network; Mollie Kabler, Coast Alaska; Andrew Ramsammy, chief content and collaboration officer, Local Media Association; Cassie Haynes, co-executive director, Resolve Philadelphia
Host: Mary Walter Brown, CEO, News Revenue Hub

1:30 p.m. CST
Collaborative stretching + meditation break  🖥️ [CC]
Relax and center yourself.
Facilitator: Rise Osby, Riotous Roots

1:45 p.m. CST
Lightning talks (Watch the recording) 🖍️ 🖥️ 🧏 🌐 [CC]
Our most popular feature of past Collaborative Journalism Summits: Lightning talks! These are either five or 10 minutes presentations about specific projects.

Topics and speakers:

— Tayo, a project of the Filipino Young Leaders Program, Leezel Tanglao, Melissa Palma and Mark Calaguas
— Brit Harley and James Frazier, Newark News + Story Collaborative
— New York and Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative, Jack Rosenberry
— Open Campus, Sara Hebel
— Democracy Day, Rachel Glickhouse
— New Mexico Local News Collaborative, Rashad Mahmood, Diana Alba Soular and Reyes Mata
— WHYY’s N.I.C.E., Eric Marsh and Christopher Norris
— Rural News Network’s work examining how rural Indigenous communities are addressing economic issues, Dianna Hunt, ICT

2 p.m. CST (In-person only; no recording will be made available)
Workshop 👥
Training community members to reimagine journalism in collaboration with you: Drawing on the experiences of Journalism + Design’s partnership with the Institute for Community Engagement and Civic Leadership at the Community College of Philadelphia and the recently implemented Community Reporters Program at Stories of Atlantic City, this workshop will focus on tools, resources and possibilities for training community members in the fundamentals of journalism. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to recruit community members as potential community reporters, identify the assets that community partners bring to local information ecosystems, and provide frameworks and activities that better equip people to share high-quality information and elevate local stories. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their organization’s needs toward collaborating with community members – both logistically and emotionally – and consider how to make local journalism more participatory and resilient by shifting the paradigm of community from passive receivers of information to content partners and generators. We will share curriculum and actionable insights for anyone to adapt and apply toward their own community-based work.
Facilitators: Christina Noble, Community Organizer, Stories of Atlantic City; Cole Goins, Engagement Lead, Journalism + Design at The New School; Erin O’Hanlon, Coordinator of Service-Learning/Stories of Atlantic City; Toby Rosenthal, Stockton University/Stories of Atlantic City

3:15 p.m. CST
Collaborative stretching + meditation break  🖥️ [CC]
Relax and center yourself.
Facilitator: Rise Osby, Riotous Roots

3 p.m. CST (In-person only; no recording will be made available)
Workshop 👥
Finding consensus in collaboration: Participants in this workshop will discuss methods of building consensus and will take part in exercises to practice consensus decision-making.
Facilitators: Simon Galperin, Bloomfield Information Coop; Vanessa Maria Graber, Free Press

3:30 p.m. CST
Roundtable 🖍️ 🖥️ 🧏 🌐 [CC]
Methods of distribution (Watch the recording): As collaborative efforts become more sophisticated at the local level, we’ll look at how four different organizations have set up systems to distribute co-produced or shared content between partners.
Speakers: Tegan Wendland, editorial director, Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk; Melanie Plenda, director, Granite State News Collaborative; Coburn Dukehart, multimedia director, Wisconsin Watch; Michael Crowe, Local Media Association
Host: James Frazier, Newark News + Story Collaborative

4:15 p.m. CST
Roundtable 🖍️ 🖥️ 🧏 🌐 [CC]
Regional collaboration: Lessons from public media (Watch the recording):
NPR and groups of members stations have built regional collaborations to reduce duplication of effort, add reporters in news deserts and generate more content for local, regional and national audiences. The collaboration leaders will discuss how they foster a sense of partnership and joint purpose.
Speakers: Kenya Young, Managing Editor for Collaborative Journalism, NPR; Adriene Hill, Managing Editor, The California Newsroom; Corrie MacLaggan, Managing Editor, The Texas Newsroom; Priska Neely, Managing Editor, Gulf States Newsroom
Host: Kathy Goldgeier, Network Hub Content Manager, NPR

5 p.m. CST
Awards + wrap-up 🖥️ [CC]
We’ll wrap up the Collaborative Journalism Summit with our community awards, some thank yous and more!

Thanks again to our sponsors!