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Covering Housing

A Workshop for Journalists


Thursday, March 16, 2017

5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Registration and reception
One Francis Ave., Cambridge, Mass. | map
6:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Welcome remarks
  • Ann Marie Lipinski, curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
  • Ianna Kachoris, senior program officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and manager of the How Housing Matters to Families and Communities research initiative
6:30 p.m.
Dinner and keynote speaker
  • Shaun Donovan, former director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under President Barack Obama and secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2009-2014

Friday, March 17, 2017

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast at Nieman
9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome and introductions
9:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Overview/Key Issues in Housing
  • Chris Herbert, managing director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
The View From Washington: Issues in the New Administration
  • Scott Keller, partner at Horne LLP, who served as a senior advisor to Donald Trump’s presidential transition team ‎and Dr. Ben Carson
  • Michael Stegman, fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Diane Yentel, president and CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition
Moderator:  Chris Herbert
11:00 – 11:10 a.m.
11:10 – 12:40 p.m.
The View Beyond Washington: Perspectives from the State, Regional and Neighborhood Levels
Moderator: Erika Poethig, Institute Fellow and director of urban policy initiatives at The Urban Institute
12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 – 2:50 p.m.
How Housing Intersects with Other Beats
  • Dr. Megan Sandel, associate director of the GROW clinic at Boston Medical Center; principal investigator with Children’s Health Watch; associate professor of pediatrics at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health
  • Ingrid Gould Ellen, professor of urban policy and planning at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and faculty director of the NYU Furman Center
  • Kate Walz, director of the Housing Justice program, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Moderator: Chris Arnold, NPR correspondent
2:50 – 3:00 p.m.
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Housing Fundamentals: Finding Stories in Data
4:30 – 4:40 p.m.
4:40 – 6:00 p.m.
Innovative Ways to Tell Housing Stories
6:00 – 6:15 p.m.
6:15 p.m.
Depart for networking dinner at Orinoco, a local Venezuelan restaurant, 56 JFK St., Cambridge (Harvard Square)
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Networking Dinner

Saturday, March 18, 2017

8:55 a.m.
Meet in hotel lobby at The Sheraton Commander (16 Garden St., Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Please have breakfast at the hotel beforehand. (Breakfast vouchers will be provided.)
  • If you are checking out on Saturday, please do so by 8:30 a.m. and bring your luggage to the lobby at that time. It will be put on the bus.
9:00 a.m.
Bus departs hotel for a housing tour of Boston
9:30 – 12:30 p.m.
Housing tour of Boston
Tour Leader: David Luberoff, senior associate director, Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch at the Dudley Dough project in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood
2:00 p.m.
Board bus for return to Nieman Foundation
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Frameworks for Housing Reporting: New Ways to Think About Storytelling
  • Discussion Leader: Aleszu Bajak, senior writer at Undark magazine and journalism instructor, Northeastern University
  • Presentation by Ariella Cohen, editor-in-chief, Next City
4:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks