SRCCON:WORK is built around two days of talks, peer-led discussions, and hands-on workshops. The community members who step up to speak and facilitate these sessions make it all possible.
After receiving nearly 50 amazing proposals, we’ve accepted sessions for our first SRCCON:WORK. We’ll publish a final schedule in November that includes these breakout sessions as well as a series of talks to introduce each of our conference themes.
SRCCON:WORK will explore how we as a community can make journalism more inclusive, representative, and responsive. Many of the biggest problems we face aren’t technical at all, so our program will focus on three big themes:
We want SRCCON:WORK to take on teamwork, careers, and care through:
The sessions on our schedule are proposed and led by community members who want to lead conversations or develop new resources to share. Successful sessions often emerge from a single question or problem—if you’ve been struggling with just about any aspect of your work, you can bet others have dealt with it, too.
There are a lot of ways to think about sessions at SRCCON:WORK, but the main thing is to consider how it’s different than other conferences you may have attended. We’ll set the stage for each of our three themes with talks for the full audience, but the sessions at the core of our program are highly collaborative: an opportunity to compare notes, share skills, and learn from each other.
We want to make SRCCON:WORK a genuinely participatory event, and it’s hard to be part of a conversation or work with peers toward a goal in a session that’s mostly lecture. We look for pitches that include real interactivity, and we love creative formats that support learning. Outstanding sessions might include design exercises, art and games, small-group work, role playing, even field trips—and we’re always interested in new ideas.
We also encourage facilitators to think about session length and information density. We anticipate that sessions at SRCCON:WORK will last about an hour. Overprogramming a session with too many activities can make it hard to reach a satisfying goal—but a session that’s underdesigned can easily turn into a conversation between a handful of the loudest people. We’re happy to help facilitators figure out the right balance.
Effective facilitation is about effort and preparation more than expertise. Our facilitators plan and guide sessions, ask great questions, share what they know, and learn from their peers. We find that the best sessions are often led by facilitators who:
On the flip side, facilitators who have a harder time have usually tried to fit too much into too little time, or are underprepared for guiding an active conversation.
If that sounds like a lot of effort…it is! But it also means that people who are brand-new to the community—or to a topic—can make excellent facilitators if they’re willing to put in a little prep time. We provide group and one-on-one support to help facilitators prepare for their sessions, and we can help match you with a co-facilitator if you’d like to work with someone else.
We asked some facilitators from previous SRCCONs to talk about their experiences:
And here are a few more examples of sessions that have worked well in the past: