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A voter help forum with the local leaders working in Missouri and Kansas. Noon on Fri, Oct 30, 2020.
Debriefing the 2020 election with the local leaders working in Missouri and Kansas. Noon on Fri, Nov. 30, 2020.

Past events

Where has all the toilet paper gone?

May 1, 2020 via Zoom: It’s no secret that items like flour and toilet paper are hard to come by these days. The coronavirus has not only upended our daily lives — it’s also causing disruptions in the supply chain. Those disruptions are trickling down to truck drivers, many of whom are still on the roads, delivering produce and medical supplies across the country. As truck drivers continue to do their jobs, they’re finding it difficult to find a hot meal, cleaning supplies, and even an open rest stop. Details here.

Engage: A (virtual) community listening circle

April 7, 2020 via Zoom: All of our lives have changed quickly, and in different ways. What’s really remarkable is that the whole world is uniting around solving this problem. Inspired by the spirit of those singing from the Italian balconies, we wondered how we might come together as a community to learn from one another and uncover ways forward.

This is a chance for members of our community to learn from one another about what’s working, and what’s not. It’s a chance for us to suggest and design solutions for our community’s deepest needs. And it’s a chance for local journalists to learn about how we can be more community-led as we cover COVID-19 in Missouri and Kansas. Details here.

ENGAGE: REBUILDING PUBLIC TRUST IN JOURNALISM

March 12, 2020 in Kansas City, Mo.: Trust in journalism is down. Let’s talk about fixing it. Join a diverse group of community stakeholders for a solutions-oriented dialogue on news skepticism and how journalism can reorganize to earn public trust in Kansas City. Registration is FREE but required. Snacks will be provided for all registered participants. The Beacon is a nonprofit in-depth journalism outlet launching in Kansas City in 2020. We’re committed to building relationships and earning trust in the communities we serve. Register here.

ENGAGE: A COMMUNITY EFFORT TO REBUILD LOCAL NEWS

Feb. 19, 2020 in Kansas City, Mo.: As newsroom staffs dramatically shrink, the scope of journalistic coverage has changed in our communities. Join a diverse group of community stakeholders for a dialogue on unmet local news needs and how journalism can reorganize for public good and real-world change in Kansas City. Registration is FREE but required. Breakfast will be provided to all registered participants. The Beacon is a nonprofit in-depth journalism outlet launching in Kansas City in 2020. We’re committed to building relationships in the communities we serve. Register here.

ENGAGE: A COMMUNITY DISCUSSION OF NONPROFIT JOURNALISM AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Feb. 6, 2020 in Kansas City, Mo.: Join a diverse group of community stakeholders for a dialogue on local journalism and how it must reorganize for collective change. Breakout sessions will engage you in a deeper discussion of local media and the roles we each play in supporting journalism. Topics include: 

  • Unmet news coverage needs in our community
  • How journalists can operate out of a sense of equity to benefit communities with the least access to public affairs news
  • Partnerships and resources for community engagement

Registration is FREE but required. Snacks and beverages will be provided to all registered participants. Register here.

GEWKC SESSION: HOW TO LOSE YOUR JOB, FOLLOW YOUR PASSION AND CREATE YOUR OWN VITAL NONPROFIT

Nov. 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Mo.: As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week Kansas City #GEWKC, hosted by KC Sourcelink, Beacon Founder Kelsey Ryan will talk about steps she took after an unexpected layoff. Over the next year, she learned how to formulate a business plan, pitch to funders and launch a nonprofit from the ground up. She’ll share her biggest takeaways and tips for how you can do it, too. Sessions are free. Register here.

KLC JOURNAL: MISSING THE NEWS

May 21, 2019 in Wichita, Kan.: Join us for the release of the KLC Journal magazine’s Spring Edition: Missing the News—The Future of Journalism in Kansas Communities. As newspapers face declines in staffing and circulation, more and more communities are “missing the news,” with less in-depth reporting on local issues. The gap in coverage has become more noticeable since the recent acquisition by out-of-state corporations of newspapers in Hutchinson, Lawrence and other outlets across the state.

Managing Editor Chris Green will discuss the Journal’s lead story with writer Joel Mathis and interview Kelsey Ryan, former reporter for The Wichita Eagle and The Kansas City Star who is launching a nonprofit online news organization. KLC President and CEO Ed Ed O’Malley will facilitate large and small group discussion with attendees. Recording here.

Read The Journal’s article:

1 MILLION CUPS KANSAS CITY

May 29, 2019 at Plexpod Westport Commons in Kansas City, Mo.: Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and engage with their communities over a million cups of coffee, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups in 2012—a free program designed to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs around the country. Through the power of volunteers, 1 Million Cups has grown to more than 180 communities.

See The Beacon’s presentation here: https://www.facebook.com/1MillionCupsKC/videos/422647191651445/

“THE BEACON: SNEAK PEEK” AT BIER STATION

May 7, 2019 at Bier Station in Kansas City, Mo.: Fellow journalists, recovering journalists and folks generally concerned about the state of local journalism: Bring a friend, buy a pint and support The Beacon, a new nonprofit in-depth journalism venture in KC.

A short presentation and Q&A will be at 7 p.m. upstairs. There will be plenty of time to mingle before and after. Crane Brewing Company has graciously donated a keg to our cause and we will sell drink tickets for $6. More here.

SHIFT ICT: WOMEN IN TECH

May 2, 2019 at The Wave in Wichita, Kan.: “Women in Tech: More Than a Talk,” features four female tech leaders.

Through this event we are Inspiring a new generation of women to learn tech. Tech empowers female entrepreneurs to come up with unique solutions to new problems. We’re looking forward to hearing Kelsey talk about how the tech industry has disrupted journalism.