Rooms full of ideas, possibilities

Creating a conference, to me, is 3D journalism: These events require the same diligent, on the ground research; the same hunting for the most knowledgeable sources and the best settings; the same emphasis on detail, storytelling and flow. It’s been a tremendous privilege to create the experiences below and bring together people often at opposite ends of an issue. My goal for these gatherings is to enable critical thinking, insight, community and conversations that move us forward.

Here’s what Peter Davis, documentary filmmaker and author, said after the 2009 Aftermath conference:

“This was one of the most illuminating three-day experiences I’ve ever had. Each room I was in was full of ideas and possibilities, of both feeling and thought.”

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KPCC Southern California Radio’s Meghan McCarty and FiveThirtyEight’s political podcast master Jody Avirgan at #Covering2016 in Chicago, May 2015.

Covering Campaigns (May 2015)

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Covering Immigration (October 2013)

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Freedom of the Press in Latin America (2011)

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From Watergate to Wikileaks: Secrecy and Journalism in the new media age. (2010, a summary is here.)

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Aftermath: Journalism, Storytelling, and the impact of violence and tragedy. (2009) Nieman Reports special issue (includes conference audio).

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Working With Victims of Crime: Building trust, seeking justice, staying sane.

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Reporting Global Conflict: Uncovering the link between religion and human rights (2008)

The Next Big Health Crisis — and how to cover it. Nieman Reports special issue. (2006)

Reporting on Trauma: What research can tell journalists about personal and collective responses to tragedy, war, terror and disaster (2005)

Coming to Terms With Complexity: Covering the environment in the 21st century (2004)