Under the Hood: Connecting Our Polarized Communities

Our Under the Hood sessions offer a deep dive into bold ideas led by newsrooms of all types.

In this unconventional format, you’ll get lightning talks on five projects and studies that are looking at our polarized electorate and are working to bridge the sharp political divide. These projects have taken aim at connecting members of their communities to generate a better collective understanding of the issues, or researching how people consume news.

After the lightning talks, you can choose your own adventure and pick one of the projects that piques your interest for a deeper dive.

Projects include:

  • Zone 1: Crossing the red/blue divide: Lessons from The Evergrey’s cross-community dialogue in rural Oregon - Ben DeJarnette, Monica Guzmán
  • Zone 2: Bursting bubbles with science: Stories that reach across the political divide - Rachel Feltman, Jeffery DelViscio, Blythe Terrell
  • Zone 3: Bridging the gap: How real people define trust and how journalists can earn it - Lisa Heyamoto, Todd Milbourn
  • Zone 4: 100 Days in America: Building audience for pop-up verticals - Tyler Channell, Dana Coester, Annemarie Dooling, Thomas McBee
  • Zone 5: Politics as pop and propaganda: What the data tell us - Sally Lehrman, Sonya Song, Janine Warner

    This session is designed for:

  • Journalists, editors, executives, audience engagement teams and others interested in models of newsgathering that bridge the political divide
  • Anyone interested in research on filter bubbles / how people consume news
  • Speaker Resources


    Tyler Channell - Lecturer, West Virginia University
    @tylerchannell | http://tylerchannell.com

    Dana Coester - Executive Editor, 100 Days in Appalachia
    @poetabook | http://100daysinappalachia.com

    Ben DeJarnette - Project and Product Manager, Agora Journalism Center
    @BenDJDuck | http://bendejarnette.com

    Annemarie Dooling - Director of Programming, Racked.com, Vox Media
    @travelinganna | http://racked.com

    Rachel Feltman - Science Editor, Popular Science
    @RachelFeltman | http://popsci.com

    Monica Guzmán - Co-Founder, The Evergrey
    @moniguzman | http://theevergrey.com

    Jeffery DelViscio - Director, Multimedia and Creative, STAT
    @Jeffdelviscio | http://statnews.com

    Lisa Heyamoto - Senior Instructor of Journalism, University of Oregon
    @heyamoto | http://lisaheyamoto.com

    Todd Milbourn - Instructor of Journalism, University of Oregon
    @toddmilbourn | http://toddmilbourn.com

    Janine Warner - ICFJ Knight Fellow and Co-founder of SembraMedia, SembraMedia
    @janinewarner | http://SembraMedia.com


    Katie Hawkins-Gaar - Digital Innovation Faculty, The Poynter Institute
    @katiehawk | http://poy.nu/thecohort