Granite State News Collaborative Granite State News Collaborative Sharpens Diversity Focus Through Organizational Ignition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 9, 2022

Contact: Melanie Plenda
melanie.plenda@collaborativenh.org
(603) 762-3302
Collaborativenh.org

Granite State News Collaborative Sharpens Diversity Focus

The Granite State News Collaborative (GSNC) announced it will continue to sharpen its focus on diversity in the Granite State by partnering with Organizational Ignition, LLC to engage in conversations that will foster a deeper understanding of the issues involved and the ways we can become a more perfect union.

In April 2021, The Collaborative, which is a partnership of more than 20 local news, education and community organizations, launched its multi-year Race and Equity Initiative which aims to: highlight the stories of historically marginalized communities in New Hampshire; work with them to amplify their voices; investigate the impacts of systemic inequities; and, rigorously report potential solutions to address the inequities that exist.

As part of this work, partners in The Collaborative are committed to not only reporting on these issues, but examining the way we report on these issues as well as our own internal work cultures.

The first set of conversations will help Collaborative partners better investigate and report issues related to diversity. Subsequent conversations will involve the general public in communities across the state. Collaborative Director Melanie Plenda says, “These conversations will help us delve more deeply into the challenges and opportunities diversity brings to New Hampshire. We are excited about leveraging the expertise of Organizational Ignition to become better reporters. This is a tremendous opportunity to improve how we co-produce and coordinate solutions-focused coverage of the topic.”

Organizational Ignition Managing Partner James McKim stated, “These conversations are a natural and powerful way to understand the impact of diversity on our society as our state demographics change. The Collaborative has already played a major role in helping our citizens begin to understand that impact. This partnership will help us all gain a better understanding of the changing nature of our state and of ourselves”

Funding for the workshops was made possible through a grant to The Granite State News Collaborative from The Endowment for Health. Partners in the Granite State News Collaborative include:

603 Diversity, The Berlin Sun, Business NH Magazine, The Business Journal of Greater Keene, Brattleboro and Peterborough, The Concord Monitor, The Conway Daily Sun, The Eagle Times, The Eagle-Tribune, The Keene Sentinel, The Laconia Daily Sun, Manchester Ink Link, The Marlin Fitzwater Center at Franklin Pierce University, The Nashua Telegraph, NH Bar News, NH Business Review, NH PBS, NH Public Radio, The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, Seacoast Media Group and The Valley News

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ABOUT THE GRANITE STATE NEWS COLLABORATIVE

The Granite State News Collaborative is a collective of nearly 20 local media, education and community partners working together to produce and share news stories on the issues that most impact our state. The hope is that together we can provide more information to more communities across New Hampshire than we could individually. We specialize in in-depth, investigative, solutions and accountability reporting on the issues that impact Granite Staters most.   

 

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONAL IGNITION, LLC.

Organizational Ignition is a management consulting firm dedicated to helping

organizations reach and sustain their ignition point through the integration and

alignment of business processes, people, and technology. Our unique approach puts a

special emphasis on strategic use of diverse human capital and transformational

technology.

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