Engagement Explained Live: who you'll meet and what we’ll talk about at our Berlin conference

We understand that creating journalism that’s in tune with your community is difficult. But we know that when it happens, the results can be good for everyone.

We want to help organisations of all sizes do more of this kind of journalism. So we’ve created Engagement Explained Live, a free one-day event where community-driven news organisations can showcase their work and share what they’ve learnt with others wanting to do the same. It’s the first event of its kind in Europe and will take place in Berlin on Wednesday 19 June (9am-5:30pm CEST).

Today, we’re excited to release the full schedule and to explain a little more about what you can expect on the day.

Spreespeicher in Berlin, where Engagement Explained Live will take place
Spreespeicher in Berlin, where Engagement Explained Live will take place


Bringing together inspiring people

The best part about attending events like Engagement Explained Live is the people you meet and the chance to gather fresh perspectives.

We’re delighted to bring together a host of amazing journalists and editors to talk about their experiences of doing a more participatory journalism. They are in no particular order:

It’s not only just those will be speaking or hosting workshops that we are thrilled about bringing to Berlin. We’re also excited to have a host of participants from innovative news organisations experimenting with what it means to serve the needs of their communities, including people from:

  • Zetland (Denmark)
  • Riffreporter (Germany)
  • Inside Story (Greece)
  • Hearken (Europe)
  • Dennik Referendum (Czech Republic) and many more...

Focusing on two themes

We could easily spend three days (or more) discussing the nuts and bolts of engaged journalism, from what it means, to why and how we do it, the benefits and impact it has, and how that can underpin the revenue of news organisations. We’ve decided to focus the programme of this event on two particular themes that sit at the very core of engaged journalism practices, and that have been central to the Accelerator’s work so far: listening and co-creation.

These themes have cropped up time and time again and so, together, we’re hoping we will be able to answer the following questions:

  • How do we create better, more systematic ways to listen to the needs of our communities?
  • How do we better involve people in the process of doing journalism so that it has greater impact?

A mix of seven-minute lightning talks and one-hour workshops, covering topics such as how deep listening can aid your reporting, putting your community’s skills to good use and collaborating with local experts to design stories with impact, will ensure participants leave inspired and with practical ideas to take back into their news organisations and communities.

Making connections

The chance to network is a big part of Engagement Explained Live, so we have built in plenty of time throughout the day for conversations with other participants, including a long lunch break, multiple coffee breaks and drinks after the final session. We want to give those participating an opportunity to deepen existing relationships within the Accelerator community as well as find new ties.

Participants at our event in Birmingham in January get to know each other
Participants at our event in Birmingham in January get to know each other

We also have allowed plenty of time between sessions for participating to check out our engaged journalism library, ask/offer wall and grantee gallery featuring the 18 organisations from 14 European countries that we’re working closely with. We’ll share more on those soon.

We hope that, with the knowledge and expertise coming together in Berlin, we’ll share concrete ways for participants to create positive, more resilient and more impactful relationships between them and the communities they serve.

Registration for the event has been paused for now but you can sign up to the waiting list and we will be in touch if more spaces become available for Engagement Explained Live.

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