Agenda

 

All locations noted below are in The Royal Sonesta Minneapolis Downtown (35 S 7th St) unless otherwise noted. All times are in CDT.

Monday, May 20: Welcome and celebrating our progress

  • 1:30 p.m. – AJPalooza registration opens Denmark Commons, Floor 3
  • 2 p.m. –  [AJP grantees only] Portfolio welcome: Setting the stage Scandinavian Ballroom 2 and 3
  • 4 p.m. – Welcome to AJPalooza! Scandinavian Ballroom 4
    • Sarabeth Berman, American Journalism Project
  • 4:30 p.m. – Momentum builders: Snapshots of progress Scandinavian Ballroom 4
    • Irving Washington, KFF & American Journalism Project board of directors (moderator)
    • Bro Krift & Oseye Boyd, Free Press Indiana & Mirror Indy
    • George Stanley & Ron Smith, Wisconsin Watch & Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
    • Elizabeth Green, Civic News Company & American Journalism Project co-founder
    • Warwick Sabin & David Francis, Deep South Today & Verite News
  • 6 p.m. – Cocktails & dinner: Reflecting on five years The Hennepin, 900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
    • Sarabeth Berman, American Journalism Project
    • John Thornton, Elsewhere Partners & American Journalism Project co-founder
    • Mukhtar Ibrahim, Sahan Journal
    • Tonya Allen, McKnight Foundation

 

Tuesday, May 21: Advancing nonprofit news that endures and diving into the Twin Cities

  • 8 a.m. – Breakfast Norway Ballroom 1 and 2
  • 9 a.m. – What does it take to reach sustainable scale? Scandinavian Ballroom 4
    • Richard Tofel, Gallatin Advisory LLC (moderator) 
    • Chris Baxter, Spotlight PA
    • Morgan Malone, City Bureau
    • Michael Ouimette, American Journalism Project
    • Mukhtar Ibrahim, Sahan Journal
  • 9:50 a.m. – State of the Portfolio Scandinavian Ballroom 4
    • Michael Ouimette, American Journalism Project
  • 11 a.m. – Breakouts Choose from one of these concurrent sessions; each will be repeated in a following session
  • Movement building: Building the case for nonprofit news as a public good Scandinavian Ballroom 4
    • Rita McNeil Danish, Signal Ohio
    • David Ferrante, The Kaplan Truck Company
    • Stephen George, Louisville Public Media
    • David Jones Jr., Chrysalis Ventures
    • Evan Smith, Emerson Collective
  • Measuring and communicating the impact of strong local journalism Scandinavian Ballroom 2 and 3
    • Matt Wynn, Nebraska Journalism Trust
    • Lorie Hearn, inewsource
    • Darrin Kerr, American Journalism Project
  • Managing for change: How leaders can build an agile organization and culture designed for a changing world Norway 1 and 2
    • Nikhil Swaminathan, Grist
    • Elizabeth Green, Civic News Company
    • Jason Alcorn, American Journalism Project
  • 12:10 p.m. – Breakouts Three concurrent options
  • Movement building: Building the case for nonprofit news as a public good Scandinavian Ballroom 4 
    • Mukhtar Ibrahim, Sahan Journal
    • Tim Murphy, McKnight Foundation
    • Kevin Bennett, GHR Foundation
    • Evan Smith, Emerson Collective
  • Measuring and communicating the impact of strong local journalism Scandinavian Ballroom 2 and 3
    • Morgan Malone, City Bureau
    • Scott Smallwood, Open Campus
    • Darrin Kerr, American Journalism Project
  • Managing for change: How leaders can build an agile organization and culture designed for a changing world Norway 1 and 2
    • Mazin Sidahmed, Documented
    • Candice Fortman, Outlier Media
    • Jason Alcorn, American Journalism Project
  •  1:10 p.m. – Lunch and a look at our community visits Norway Ballroom 1 and 2
    • Sarabeth Berman, American Journalism Project
    • Hibah Ansari, Sahan Journal
  • 2:10 p.m. – Community visits
    Please note, Scandinavian Ballroom 4 will remain open from 2:10 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for any attendees to use to network amongst themselves or to remote work.
  • 4 p.m. Innovation sessions
  • AI in Action: Applications across the portfolio Scandinavian Ballroom 4
    • Christina Bruno, Spotlight PA
    • Andrew Rodriguez Calderon, The Marshall Project
    • Dorrine Mendoza, American Journalism Project
  • Editor-in-Chief Meet Up Scandinavian Ballroom 2 and 3
    • Loretta Chao, American Journalism Project
  • Weathering Legal Challenges with Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Norway 1 and 2 
    • Flavie Fuentes, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
    • Lisa Zycherman, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • 6 p.m. – Shuttles leave for dinner from hotel lobby area
  • 6:30 p.m. – Cocktails & dinner: Building thriving local news in Minnesota Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul
    • Duchesne Drew, Minnesota Public Radio
    • Tanner Curl, MinnPost
    • Sarabeth Berman, American Journalism Project
    • Mukhtar Ibrahim, Sahan Journal
  • 8:45 p.m. – Shuttles begin returning to Royal Sonesta Minneapolis Downtown

 

Wednesday, May 22 : Continuing to build sustainability

Grantee portfolio only
  • 8 a.m. – Breakfast Norway Ballroom 1 and 2
  • 9 a.m. – Breakouts Choose from one of these concurrent sessions; each will be repeated in a following session
  • Building a diverse board to expand organizational capacity Scandinavian Ballroom 4
    • Akash Mehta, New York Focus
    • Bruce Putterman, CT Mirror 
    • Michelle Srbinovich, American Journalism Project
  • Building a trusted brand and engaged audience Scandinavian Ballroom 2 and 3
    • Matthew Copeland, WyoFile
    • Chris Cobler, Fort Worth Report
    • Zainab Shah, American Journalism Project
  • Building an adaptable and resilient culture and senior team Norway 1 and 2
    • Carla Minet Santos, Centro de Periodismo Investigativo
    • Lance Knobel, Cityside Journalism Initiative 
    • Tina Dyakon, American Journalism Project
  • 10:45 a.m. – Breakouts Choose from one of these concurrent sessions
  • Building a diverse board to expand organizational capacity Scandinavian Ballroom 4
    • Neil Chase, CalMatters
    • Allison Taylor Levine, Spotlight Delaware
    • Michelle Srbinovich, American Journalism Project
  • Building a trusted brand and engaged audience Scandinavian Ballroom 2 and 3
    • John Adams, Montana Free Press
    • Paola Jaramillo, Enlace Latino NC
    • Zainab Shah, American Journalism Project
  • Building an adaptable and resilient culture and senior team Norway 1 and 2
    • Shamus Toomey, Block Club Chicago
    • Sky Barsch, VTDigger
    • Tina Dyakon, American Journalism Project
  • 12 p.m. – Lunch and closing Norway Ballroom 1 and 2
    • Sarabeth Berman, American Journalism Project