Starting Hard Conversations: First Steps to More Meaningful Community Dialogue (College Media)

This Webinar was originally broadcast on:
November 09, 2018 Enroll Now
Watch and listen to the original one-hour Webinar in its entirety. This Webinar recording features the full presentation led by Poynter faculty and visiting faculty including Q&A from the audience and resources from the presenter.

Course Overview

Starting Hard Conversations: First Steps to More Meaningful Community Dialogue (College Media)
Originally Broadcast On:
November 09, 2018
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

This webinar is free for those participating in the Poynter College Media Project. Check your email for the coupon code to enroll.

About Webinars

In this virtual classroom, participants can join in a seminar led by Poynter faculty and visiting faculty. This screencast includes live audio and a slideshow presentation in which participants can post questions and respond to poll questions posed by the host.

This webinar takes participants beyond the lessons of the on-campus training sessions to explore ways they can more deeply and authentically engage with their critics, marginalized communities, administrators and others through the practices of journalism as well as through outreach efforts developed as part of the Poynter College Media Project.

With guidance from Bob Stains, an expert in community dialogue and core member of the Essential Partners team, participants will gain insights into the challenges and opportunities of deep listening, confronting discomfort and embracing opportunities to expand perceptions and perspectives with their words, stories and actions. College Media Project lead Elissa Yancey will help connect those insights to the projects that participants are pursuing as well as to their overall practice of journalism.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to articulate the challenges faced in campus communities when pursuing "hard conversations"
  • How to identify specific approaches to engage those challenges
  • How to outline ways to communicate the outcomes of their "hard conversations" in ethical and respectful ways to audiences
  • How to identify topics to address with campus communities
Who Should Take this Course:

All students participating in the Poynter College Media Project, including student media staffers and peers in journalism and related courses, should attend.

Course Instructors:

Elissa L. Yancey, MSEd

Elissa Yancey, MSEd, is an award-winning journalist, educator and writer. Her journalism work spans the late analog to completely digital age, which means she’d still prefer to meet sources in person than text them. After working in print and online news outlets for more than a decade, she became an editor at Cincinnati Magazine, where she led the custom publishing division to unprecedented growth. She left the job she loved to teach a new generation of journalists at the University of Cincinnati, where she worked as a faculty member and administrator for 10 years.

Bob Stains

Bob Stains is Senior Associate at Essential Partners and Principal of Bob Stains and Associates, Conflict Transformation. For the past 23 years, Bob has created constructive conversations on sexual orientation, religion, race, abortion, social class, gender, firearms and other divisive issues within and between local, national and international organizations.


Charles C. Koch Foundation

"Everyone has the ability to learn, contribute, and succeed if they have the freedom and opportunity to do so. The Charles Koch Foundation, founded in 1980, continues this work by funding research and education that helps people expand their horizons, develop their skills, and help others. We seek to identify programs and scholars working to understand how to move toward a society of equal rights and mutual benefit, where people succeed by helping others improve their lives."

Technical Requirements:

1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

Bandwidth - 1.5 Mbits/sec up and down. We strongly suggest viewing our Webinars with a wired connection.

Some networks, especially those that use a proxy server, may encounter difficulty connecting to our Webinar software. If this is your first Poynter NewsU Webinar, please test your connection.

This Webinar contains audio. Please adjust your headphones or speakers.

Questions? Read our Webinar FAQ or contact us at

You can watch our Live Webinars on your iPad with a free Adobe Connect app. To watch Webinar replays, your iPad must be able to view Flash media players. The Live Webinar experience on your iPad is very similar to watching it from your computer. You can watch the video, follow the presentation, respond to polling questions, ask the presenter questions and participate in any discussion forums.

Download the free Adobe Connect app from iTunes here. To access the live event, click on the "Join Live Event Now" button on the Webinar landing page. The virtual room will automatically load. Viewing recorded Webinars on iOS devices is not currently supported.