The People Have the Power.
Three Spaceship team members — Kristine Villanueva, Lyxie Sanford, and Jessica Weaver — were thrilled to attend People-Powered Publishing in Chicago. The conference “provides tools for journalists, civic-engagement specialists and community storytellers to create a more collaborative and equitable news landscape.” Jessica was impressed by the diversity of attendees, including journalists, academics and activists. “It was great to learn from journalists' strategies working toward the same goal of community engagement,” said Lyxie of her experience at PPPC. “It was helpful to hear that we've all faced some of the same struggles... The engagement journalism circle is so close-knit, it was cool to be in the room with people impressed by each other's work on this level.” “It was my first time at the PPPC,” said Kristine. “From utilizing theatre to talking about metrics, it's clear that journalists use different strategies for community engagement. At the conference, no two presentations or projects were alike. I think that's the most exciting thing about this work.”