25 newsrooms have attempted to bridge divisions — in person. Here’s what they’ve learned

November 14, 2018 via Nieman Lab

A bunch of strangers walk into a room, and journalists try to get them to get to know — or at least not hate — each other.

That’s not a joke; it’s the goal of 25 news organizations’ engagement initiatives studied by the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. The 2016 (and 2018) elections effed up a lot of people and their trust in media, as we all know, and news organizations have been experimenting with ways to improve trust face-to-face and across wrenching divisions.

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