Citizen Journalism As Activism: From Local to Global

The Weave News 10th Anniversary Conference

September 22-24, 2017 - Save the Date!

On September 22-24, 2017, Weave News will host a special conference on the campus of St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY) to mark the occasion of our 10th anniversary as a grassroots media organization. The conference will spotlight current work in investigative citizen journalism and critical media education and will also feature a series of hands-on workshops designed to help attendees develop key investigative and multimedia skills that are part of the citizen journalist toolbox.

Request for Proposals: Panel Presentations and Workshops

We are now accepting proposals for workshops and topical panel discussions from new, emerging, and established media scholars; independent and citizen journalists; activists; artists; undergrad and graduate students; and media practitioners. 

All workshop proposals should be created with the idea of giving participants tools they can bring back to their communities and put to work. The workshops can be presented in a variety of formats such as paper presentations, powerpoints, artistic interventions, personal technology, and more, but should fit in a 75-90 minute block. Preference will be given to proposals that have a participant engagement component.

We also want to offer participants the opportunity to share their work/research and hold topical panel discussions around the conference theme. Panels will be 60-90 minutes and will include 5-10 minute presentations by panelists, followed by audience questions. If you would like to present on a panel, see below for instructions.  

We are accepting proposals through April 30, 2017. Please review and download the workshop and panel RFP here. 
Send your submissions to by April 30, 2017 for consideration.

Conference Fees and Details

  • $25 for current St. Lawrence University or other undergraduate and graduate students
  • $50 for St. Lawrence University alumni, faculty, and staff and other unaffiliated members of the North Country community
  • $150 for professionals

We are charging a nominal, sliding-scale fee in order to help Weave News recover the costs of the conference, but we have attempted to keep the costs as low as possible. Your registration includes:

  • Registration for the plenary panel, at least two topical panels, three workshops, and a keynote speaker
  • Film screening with director and a live musical performance (artists TBA)
  • Friday lunch, Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner, and a networking reception with beverages

If paying this fee will be a barrier for participation, please reach out to us at We are open to making decisions on a case by case basis to reduce or waive the fee.

More details on the conference will be announced in the coming weeks and months. For now, please save the date and plan to join us if you can! #WeaveNewsNow