By now you are gearing up and getting ready to head to Pocantico next week—arriving at this beautiful Rockefeller estate in the afternoon of Monday, June 29th, at around 3-4 p.m. There has been considerable buzz about the historic opportunity offered by this conference. We have many more people who would like very much to attend, but we simply cannot accommodate them because of severe space limitations. We’ll need more room if we do this again.
During our preparations, we thought it might be useful to have an informal web home for the conference. Here you’ll find the agenda, bios for the conference participants, and logistical information. We’ve had a very limited time to plan the conversation we expect to have at Pocantico. The informal steering committee has been made up of Bill Buzenberg at the Center for Public Integrity, Brant Houston at the University of Illinois, Chuck Lewis at the American University Investigative Reporting Workshop, and Robert Rosenthal at the Center for Investigative Reporting. We are tremendously grateful to the three major foundations who have made this meeting possible: Rockefeller Brothers, Surdna, and William Penn—Thank you!
If it’s useful, we can continue to post updates here as the conference progresses. And if there are any avid Twitter users in the group, we thought we’d throw out #inewsnet as an idea for a hashtag to use in your tweets. If you’ve got a better idea or want to add to this site, please email Sarah Laskow, a Center for Public Integrity staff writer who’ll be taking notes at the conference and is managing this website (slaskow at publicintegrity dot org).
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday afternoon, June 29th. Bring your creative and collaborative ideas.