On Monday morning I found myself on a bus in Columbia, Missouri heading to the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. Joining me on the ride were roughly thirty mostly young, and totally impressive journalists and community foundation folk. We were brought together for the strangely named Hardly Strictly Young gathering organized by David Cohn, the founder of Spot.Us and a current Reynolds Fellow.
Our job was to review some of the recommendations from the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy and make alternate suggestions about how to implement them. As Cohn explained on the event’s website and again in person, the event attendees “were chosen because they aren’t necessarily at the ‘centers of power’ but rather are building their own centers of power or influence. They are change agents.”