The hackathon focuses on the persistent absence of a diversity of voices and influence in American news media and facilitates a collaborative, hands-on, solutions-oriented “social hackathon” to address these challenges. Join us from 12:00pm – 7:00pm on Friday, October 26th and from 8:00am – 6:00pm on Saturday, October 27th to be part of the discussion!

Using a team-based “hackathon” style, this immersive event provides an opportunity for newsroom leaders, journalism students and community members to brainstorm practical solutions together. Topics will include:

  • The state of diversity in media and what the costs and threats are to society, democracy and trust in journalism
  • Creative new ways to practice community and audience engagement
  • How to identify and address implicit audience and implicit bias in the newsroom
  • Deep listening as a tool to bridge divides and perspectives
  • Networking and internship opportunities for students, industry participants and sponsoring organizations

Space is limited. We’re only accepting up to 50 students, 15 newsroom leaders, 10 faculty, and 5 student newsroom leaders since we want this to be a candid, hands-on, networking experience with small teams. Therefore, you must register in order to reserve your spot.

We’re excited to host this event in collaboration with The American Press Institute Creating a Culture of Listening project, and in partnership with Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication’s Institute for Social Justice Journalism.

Program Details 

To help us shape an agenda that’s most meaningful and beneficial to both student attendees and newsroom attendees, we ask that you please complete a short survey to help us get a sense of where you’re coming from and how we can steer the conversation to best address these challenges.

The survey will only take a few minutes, and will also serve as the place where we’ll collect your bio, preferred headshot, and RSVP for Friday evening’s opening dinner. We kindly ask that you complete this survey by Wednesday, October 17th.

This is the survey for Newsroom Leader attendees.

This is the survey for Student attendees.

Friday “Kerner +50” Symposium Opportunity

Lastly, prior to the hackathon we’ll be hosting a special symposium featuring some great panelists. Speakers will include:

Dr. Marjorie Fuller is currently the director of The WVU Center for Black Culture and Research. She is a twenty-five-year professional in the areas of Diversity and Pan African Studies, and prior to coming to West Virginia University, she was a professor in the Department of Pan African Studies at Kent State University. Her specialties are the...
Dr. Cynthia Greenlee (@CynthiaGreenlee) is an editor, writer, and historian based in North Carolina. She is currently the senior editor at Rewire.News. She started her journalism career at one of the first 24-hour online news site; has worked in newspapers on copy and features desks; and then in communications as an editor for several international health organizations...
Dr. Michelle Ferrier is the founder of, a just-in-time rescue service for women writers and journalists experiencing online harassment. She is a digital content architect with 30 years experience in media entrepreneurship and new media technologies. Ferrier is currently the dean of the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and was named...
Dr. Meredith Clark (@MeredithDClark) is an assistant professor in the Media Studies department at the University of Virginia. Her experience as a newspaper journalist influences her research, which focuses on the intersections of race, media, and power. She was named No. 66 on The Root 100, the news website’s list of the most influential African Americans...
Event Details
  • Start Date
    October 26, 2018 12:00
  • End Date
    October 27, 2018 18:00
  • Status
  • Location
  • Address
    62 Morrill Way 4th Floor, Morgantown, WV 26505