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Columbia Journalism Review: Platform aimed at audience interaction generates story ideas, goodwill - August 22, 2016

While news organizations are continually looking for better ways to interact with their audiences ... the opportunity for readers or listeners to speak to journalists before they publish a story is rare. Hearken is particularly useful for small news organizations without the internal resources to develop social engagement.

ROCKMAN ET. AL'S DISRUPTING PUBLIC MEDIA: BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH INNOVATION (PT. 2): KQED AND THE POWER OF PUBLIC MEDIA AS NETWORK - AUGUST 16, 2016

KQED’s Hearken-powered series Bay Curious has proven to be extremely popular and widely viewed, generating 11 to 15 times more pageviews than the newsroom’s other stories ... There is often a disconnect between newsrooms and the organization’s business and marketing functions. The increased visibility of Bay Curious stories positively impacts ad awareness, providing opportunities to turn casual readers/viewers into donors or members. The Hearken platform and the audience-centric approach of Bay Curious touches and brings together all three of these functions simultaneously, and in a productive way.

Editor and Publisher: Digital Publishing: Newsrooms Should Invite Readers to Give Input on Story Ideas - July 21, 2016

The genius of how Hearken works is in its simplicity…Think of it as beta-testing story ideas before any valuable time is spent reporting and writing.

Nieman Lab: A Turning Point for Trust - December 20, 2015

People trust information that truly includes them ... Brandel goes so far as to call what Hearken does “public-powered journalism” — I don’t think information gathering can be more inclusive than that. 

The Washington Post: How journalism is changing for the better, in 1 chart - September 1, 2015

As a hater of the comments section and a lover of more audience-focused journalism -- there's nothing more corrosive to journalism's future than reporters writing for other reporters -- I found Brandel's argument fascinating and convincing.
Also, journalism at its root is about finding answers -- or trying to find answers -- to questions average people are wondering about. Why not, you know, try to develop a process by which you can actually solicit the ideas of your audience about what it would like to know more about?

Latest press

Skift: How the Founder of Hearken Is Disrupting the Field of Journalism - November 23, 2016

Poynter: After the election, news organizations need to listen more than ever - November 17, 2016

NHPR: What is Hearken, and How Can NHPR Use It to Improve Our Reporting? - November 5, 2016 

MediaShift: 5 Lessons Learned in Community Engagement in Oregon - October 31, 2016

Designmatters: LEAP Dialogues on the Road - October 11, 2016

Matter VC: 2016: the year of “we did it”October 25, 2016

MediaShift: Where Are They Now? An Update on 5 Startups/Projects You Read About on MediaShift - October 14, 2016

Thrillist Chicago: Chicago's Most Innovative Startups Today - October 13, 2016

DG+CO: Stop Worrying and Learn To Love Online Comments - September 26, 2016

CJR: Five takeaways from the ONA 2016 conference - September 19, 2016

PBS SPI Blog: KQED: Disrupting Public Media - September 8, 2016

IJNet: How audience inclusion in key journalistic decisions can increase engagement - September 7, 2016

Global Investigative Journalism Network (GINJ): Know Your Audience, Build A Clique - September 5, 2016

NPR Viz: Pym.js v1.0.0 release - what do you need to know - August 31, 2016

City Bureau: This is What You Get for Reporting in the Open - August 24, 2016

Salon: Finito, comments: Goodbye to the loudest drunk in NPR’s online bar - August 24, 2016

Poynter: Comments are changing. Our commitment to audiences shouldn’t. - August 31, 2016

Moyers & Company: Goodbye to the Loudest Drunk in NPR’s Online Bar - August 23, 2016

Nieman Lab: NPR is retiring the comments section on its story pages - August 17, 2016

NPRNPR Website To Get Rid Of Comments - August 17, 2016

Rockman et. al's Disrupting Public Media: Building Community Through Innovation (Pt. 2): KQED and the power of public media as network - August 16, 2016

Idea Forge: Meet Hearken: The Chicago Startup Revolutionizing Editorial Decision Making -  August 4, 2016

El Observador (Uruguay): Why a project in social journalism about accessibility is being developed in Montevideo (in Spanish) - July 28, 2016

International Journalists Network: Five ways journalists can engage their audiences in storytelling - July 25, 2016

Current: Chicago’s Vocalo reins in eclectic approach but keeps focus on younger audience - July 21, 2016

Atlantic Media Strategies: Eight smart tactics to finish your year strong: For one, start treating Facebook like LinkedIn - July 21, 2016

The Coral Project: New Community Tools: Hearken - July 19, 2016

Matter VC: Listen up! Hearken’s got something to say: So much good stuff going on at our favorite audience-driven startup - July 19, 2016

Chicago Inno: Announcing The 2016 #CoolestCompanies Nominees! - July 19, 2016

CUNY: Seeking questions before answers - June 26, 2016

Chicago Inno: 4 Chicago Startups on Why They've Said No to VC - June 15, 2016

RJI Futures Lab update #154: Giving audiences access to the reporting process - June 15, 2016

Beacon Journal: Citizens panel advises Ohio media on election coverage - June 11, 2016

Journalism.co.uk: 103 speakers you need at your next journalism event to avoid all-male panels - June 7, 2016

Media Briefing: Meet the start-up which argues better audience engagement can improve your bottom line, as well as your content - June 6, 2016

The University of Oregon: “Demystifying: Engagement — Building better relationships between journalists and audiences” - June 2, 2016

Sverige Radio: We need to start talking about stage presence and audience contempt - June 1, 2016

The Big Payoff: Why People Aren't Listening To You - June 1, 2016

Current: CUNY students brainstorm ways for public media to build membership - May 31, 2016

Joe Amditis (CUNY Social J Medium): Lessons in Community Engagement - May 23, 2016

Built in Chicago: 50 influential people in Chicago tech you should follow on Twitter - May 26, 2016

Metina Lista: Interview with Jennifer Brandel - May 21, 2016

API: The best ways to build audience and relevance by listening to and engaging your community - May 2, 2016

WUWM: What Have You Always Wondered About The Milwaukee Area? interview with Jenn Brandel - April 22, 2016

Knight Digital Media Center: Hearken Gives Community a Seat in the Editorial Process - April 11, 2016

DNAInfo: Hearken Takes Home "Best Bootstrap Award" at SXSW - March 18, 2016

Built in Chicago: Chicago media veteran wins bootstrap award at SXSW Interactive - March 14, 2016

ChicagoInno: 3 Chicago Startups Win Big at SXSW - March 9, 2016

Mediashift: One Year In, Hearken’s Audience Engagement Platform is Catching Fire - March 2, 2016

QuartzSilicon Valley needs a new kind of sex education - February 18, 2016

Built In Chicago: Top 50 Chicago startups to watch in 2016February 1, 2016

All Digitocracy: Hearken’s Jennifer Brandel Preaches the Gospel of Including Audiences in Storytelling - January 30, 2016

Poynter: Fresh from a $700,000 funding round, Hearken is scaling up to sell a new kind of journalism - January 20, 2016

Built in Chicago: How this Chicago startup is bringing in a new era of community-driven journalism - January 19, 2016

Current: Hearken Raises $700,000 in Seed Funding - December 14, 2015

Nieman Lab: How Participatory Journalism Turns News Consumers into Collaborators - November 17, 2015

Poynter: How 3 New Jersey newsrooms are turning to their readers for story ideas - October 8, 2015

Current: Three New Jersey newsrooms sign up with Hearken - October 8, 2015

Journalism.co.uk: Crowdsourced stories: Giving the audience what they want - August 31, 2015

PBS Media Shift: Why journalists should use transparency as a tool to deepen engagement - August 31, 2015

El Meme: Listen to the audience--8 leaders in media innovation talk with us about the future of journalism (in Spanish) - August 31, 2015

WGN Radio: Will Hearken revolutionize journalism? - August 14, 2015

DNSimple: Corey Haines on growing and harvesting an audience - August 12, 2015

Fast Company: Hearken aims to help media gain traction with readers by crowdsourcing story ideas - July 21, 2015

Current: How Hearken works with audiences to set the news agenda - June 23, 2015

Politico Media: The 60-second interview: Jennifer Brandel, Co-founder and C.E.O. of Hearken - June 23, 2015


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