hearken means "listen"
We help news organizations listen to the public as a story develops from pitch through publication.
Our unique model is called "public-powered journalism."
Using Hearken’s consulting services and platform, our partners generate deep audience engagement that builds trust, leads to original, high-performing journalism, and yields valuable data and insights.
Our custom platform for public-powered journalism includes our Engagement Management System (EMS) and Open Notebook.
THE public-powered journalism model
We've flipped the traditional model on its head, enabling you to know before you report that your audience will find your work relevant.
Listening to your audience first, not last, makes for better everything.
The Hearken Platform
We've built a custom platform for cultivating and managing audience engagement. Stop losing valuable input from your audience on endless Twitter feeds, tucked-away corners of Facebook. Hearken helps you earn back your relationship with your community and directly serve their information needs.
All modules are embeddable on content management systems, including WordPress and Core Publisher.
Fully customizable and easy to configure, Hearken modules integrate seamlessly on your website.
Engagement Management System
The Hearken EMS (Engagement Management System) allows you to quickly and easily organize audience engagement, collaborate across the newsroom, view and download data and insights, and create new modules to embed and attract audience engagement on your sites and all over the web.
Hearken fundamentally changes journalism
Much in the way Threadless figured out how to pre-sell T-shirts, and how Kickstarter builds community and demand in advance of a project, Hearken sources interest for articles before a journalist ever puts pen to paper (or finger to keyboard). Readers CAN tell journalists what they want to read and vote on the best ideas, validating interest in those ideas before effort is put into reporting.