Join us for a “listening post” workshop in Portland

The Public Insight Network is thrilled to team up with GroundSource founder Andrew Haeg, Oregon Public Broadcasting and Camp Odyssey, an Oregon-based innovative youth leadership diversity program, to offer a workshop on community listening, Oct. 1 in Portland.

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The workshop is part of a three-day event called “Experience Engagement,” co-hosted by Journalism That Matters and the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC). The Oct. 1-4 conference will explore the intersection of journalism, engagement, and community impact and take place at the University of Oregon’s George S. Turnbull Center in Portland.

During the pre-conference, hands-on “listening post” workshop, participants will connect with Portland youth and create a model for deep listening, collaborating with community, and practicing inclusive journalism.

The workshop has been years in the making, the product of similar gatherings in Detroit, Miami, St. Paul, Cleveland, and Macon, GA. It’s also a reunion of sorts; Haeg was instrumental in the creation of PIN and OPB is a pioneer in the practice of listening to the community and one of the first PIN partners.

OPB launched PIN in 2007 around the topic of mental health, fueling a ground-breaking series called “On Our Minds,” including this story on dual diagnoses. Since then, the station has integrated PIN into many of its newsroom operations, making engagement a core part of newsgathering and programming, and powering several high-impact, award-winning series, such as: Class of 2025, Gun Stories, Our Town, East of 82nd, Living on the Line, and Learning with Less.

PIN also inspired a call-in show built around listening to and talking with people who are mostly talked about in media. Today, Think Out Loud is recognized as one of the best radio shows in the country, winner of multiple Gracie Awards and CPB’s My Source Community Impact Award for Engagement.

Andrew and I are excited to be working with Think Out Loud Senior Producer Allison Frost and Digital Media and Engagement Director Jan Boyd to shape the listening post workshop.

With the help of Camp Odyssey, we’ll use PIN and GroundSource, Haeg’s mobile messaging tool, to gather insights from a diverse group of Portland youth, discovering their hopes, dreams and concerns for their lives and their community. We’ll then use what we hear and who we hear from as guides to engaging the broader community in face-to-face conversations, meeting people where they live, work, play and converse, to learn what is happening, why it is happening and what we can do about it.

The idea is to help journalists snap out of the transactional listening we’re so used to doing and really open up to what we’re hearing and observing, and to provide a pathway for youth to inform, inspire and collaborate with media and the community on issues that matter most to them.

The cost to attend the workshop is $75 and space is limited, so sign up now.

Linda Miller
Linda Miller became a journalist in the small towns of Wyoming, where newspapers were pieced together with hot wax and held together by trust, transparency and a partnership with readers. As the general manager of PIN, she is still helping journalists deepen relationships with the communities they serve, albeit with better technology. Prior to joining APM, she spent 12 years as a reporter and editor at The Salt Lake Tribune. She has taught public insight reporting and journalism ethics at Arizona State University and her alma mater, University of Wyoming.