The Alabama/California Conversation
Spaceship Media designed and managed this two-month collaboration with the Alabama Media Group, bringing together two communities that have been pitched against one another: Donald Trump voters and Hillary Clinton voters. The cross-country project brought together women in Alabama who voted for Trump and women from the San Francisco Bay Area who voted for Clinton.
Using Facebook and other platforms, we generated dialogue and engagement between the two groups about hot button political issues including immigration, abortion and healthcare, as well as topics like holiday traditions, news-reading habits and relationships. Steadily, if at times haltingly, the women came to see their opposites as far more than just who they voted for. And, at the end of the project, the majority of the participants created their own Facebook group to continue the discussion.
January 12, 2017
"Roll Tide! One month ago, I had no idea what that meant. One month ago, I'd never really thought about people living in Alabama. Two months ago, neither of those things mattered to me. ..."
December 16, 2016
"What can we learn through a series of conversations between women in Alabama who voted for Donald Trump and women in San Francisco who voted for Hillary Clinton? ..."
January 15, 2017
"As the Alabama/California Conversation Project wound down, Helena Brantley of Oakland, California, was "friended" by a woman from Alabama -- both were participants in a private Facebook group that brought together Hillary Clinton supporters like Brantley from the very blue San Francisco Bay Area and Donald Trump voters from very red Alabama...."
January 11, 2017
"As Inauguration Day approaches, Clinton supporters talk of resisting Trump and cull friends from their Facebook rolls; Trump supporters celebrate; families and friendships fracture; a granite silence stands between the two camps and productive dialogue seems impossible. ..."
The Police/Student Conversation
In Alameda, California, a San Francisco Bay Area city of about 76,000 people, Spaceship Media designed and is managing a grant-funded project between the Alameda Police Department and students of color at Encinal High School.
The project, taking place over several months, is bringing the concerns of each group to the other, using journalism to answer the questions students have of police and vice versa. Areas of focus include implicit bias, law enforcement practices, and the Black Lives Matter movement. To date, students have responded by seeking greater contact with police officers, and police officers have acknowledged implicit bias can be a factor in policing.