SXSW Interactive 2016

Building Journalism and Civic Tech With Community


If civic tech and journalism are about creating a more just and equitable democracy, we need to reorient our work towards building with communities, not just for them. The future of civic work is not about investing in technology, it is about investing in community.

This interactive panel is designed to address this gap, demonstrating through play and dialogue how journalism and technology practices can be reconfigured to work collaboratively with diverse publics. We’ll present case studies and community-driven strategies from sectors like public art, social justice organizing and design thinking. Attendees will leave with models they can put to use and iterate on in their work.

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  1. What current practices in civic tech and journalism prevent community inclusivity and participation, and what practices enable it?
  2. How can civic technology and journalism strengthen communities by not just building apps but also building relationships?
  3. How can community organizing and design thinking work together to help us build more inclusive media and technology?



Josh Stearns, Dir, Journalism & Sustainability, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

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