WHYY News to host its first civic news conference May 3-4

The events are open to the public and free to attend, but registration is required. A panel will feature journalists implementing civic dialogue and community building.

WHYY on 6th Street in Philadelphia.

WHYY on 6th Street in Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Register now for WHYY News Civic Dialogue Summit: Journalism Drives Democracy on May 3 and May 4. A separate registration is required for each day.


WHYY News will host its first civic news conference May 3-4, during which newsroom practices related to community engagement will be explored and attendees may partake in a live Bridging Blocks demonstration.

As newsrooms are continually learning how to best engage with digital and in-person audiences, while integrating new technologies like artificial intelligence, it’s more important now than ever to build real connections with local communities in the pursuit of responsible journalism.

“Civic dialogue and prioritizing community initiatives to build connections for audiences will emerge as a cornerstone to audience growth strategies in U.S. newsrooms in 2024,” wrote Sarah Glover, vice president of news and civic dialogue at WHYY News, as part of Nieman’s journalism predictions. “Civic dialogue can be used as a tool to grow audiences and reach new customers, as well as to test innovative tactics to develop partnerships and expand revenue models.”

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During the “WHYY News Civic Dialogue Summit: Journalism Drives Democracy” conference, WHYY News staff will demonstrate civic debate and discuss filling information gaps by working with community members and developing best practices. A panel will feature journalists actively implementing civic dialogue and community building.

The free event will be run by WHYY News and Bridging Blocks, a partnership between WHYY and the Free Library of Philadelphia that aims to bring diverse households together to discuss relevant issues. Bridging Blocks is made possible thanks to the generous support from Fred and Barbara Sutherland.

Registration is required to attend the Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 events, both held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at WHYY’s Philadelphia office (150 N. 6th St.).

On Friday, the program will focus on journalism models with the discussions centered on journalism best practices. On Saturday, engaged journalism demonstrations, practitioners and community members will be featured. The program agenda will soon be added below so please check back for more information.

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