Spaceship Media launched in 2016 with a mission to reduce polarization, build communities, and restore trust in journalism.
The Seven Steps to Dialogue Journalism
1. The Build
We work with news organizations to identify communities that aren’t talking or are in conflict and design a Conversation Experience through which they can engage constructively.
2. The Gather
We explore with each of these communities what they think of one another and what they would like to know about the other.
3. The Welcome
We bring the communities together in an environment designed to welcome people as individuals not simply as avatars of a particular political, social or cultural position
4. The Experience
We support an experience that revolves around the participants as much as if not more than our aims or those of the sponsoring organizations; it is a rare opportunity to engage deeply with others with whom they disagree.
5. The Carry
We moderate our conversations closely, helping people engage respectfully with one another and using tested techniques to help create a productive experience.
6. The Nourish
As conversations grow, we support them with reporting and research that provides information to the participants, with the aim of establishing an agreed-upon foundation of facts for their discussions.
7. The Share
With newsroom partners, we uncover stories generated in the conversation, including ongoing questions and issues relevant to the community — this amplifies the conversation’s impact and provides additional opportunities for engagement.