What We Do
Careful listening and empathy are vital to supporting meaningful civic dialogue and easing polarization and we believe journalism is essential in that process – which ultimately strengthens our democracy. To do that right, the best journalistic values — fairness, thorough research, accuracy — must be held to now more than ever.
We go right to the heart of problematic situations by bringing people from communities in conflict – or that simply aren't communicating – together into a journalism-supported dialogue. We amplify that process by working with our news partners to tell the stories that arise organically from those conversations.
We take action
We work with media organizations and others on several different levels. We design and manage engagement conversations from the ground up; we provide design and ongoing consulting support; we provide consulting around our engagement values and methodology and project visioning.
Spaceship Media Is...
Co-Founder Eve Pearlman is a veteran journalist and community engagement strategist. She has worked with news and social media start-ups, including State, a London-based social media platform connecting people around shared interests, and AOL’s Patch. She holds a bachelor’s from Cornell University and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern.
Jeremy Hay reported for EdSource, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Wired, and The Tenderloin Times, among others, before co-founding Spaceship Media. He has been recognized by multiple awards including a George Polk, for a project on globalization on which he was a lead reporter. He was a 2015 JSK Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.
We work with media companies across all platforms to support them in deepening their relationships with the communities they serve. In partnership, we design dialogue journalism engagements—called Conversation Experiences—that start with listening and lead to content that reflects the rich experience of tackling tough issues and getting to know others as whole people. Our work is building community through audience engagement.
The Spaceship model has shown how divided people can come together to grapple with
difficult questions, and emerge with new insight about themselves and their views.
This is work that offers a new way to think about the role of journalists and their capacity to serve
communities, and improve the world through fact-based inquiry, combined with courage and civility.