A participant-led conference from OpenNews for journalists who want to transform their work, their organizations, and their communities.


At SRCCON 2020, participants created an unforgettable space to talk about our hopes for journalism—what we’ll burn down and what we’ll build, and how we can be in community through it all.

Here’s what we did

And here’s what you said

About the program

Wednesday-Friday, July 15-17, 2020

What you can expect

SRCCON 2020 will be fully online and in the midst of both a global crisis and a reckoning within journalism. We expect that in some ways, it will be unlike any event we’ve held before. What we do know, however, is that SRCCON 2020 will remain a unique, accessible, and inclusive event that hosts frank, challenging, nurturing, and creative conversations that need to be had.

At SRCCON, you’ll:

SRCCON programs are built by participants, and previous attendees have already expressed interest this year in talking about topics like: leading during crisis, nurturing staff remotely, navigating uncertain career paths, reshaping team workflows, and organizing collective action to address the systemic racism in our industry. We can’t wait to hear what you want to talk about.

SRCCON will be a place to re-energize, personally and professionally, and the care participants take with one another animates every piece of our shared program. The conversations that happen here come from the community and reflect its values:

Our work exists to create a future where journalists can work in newsrooms that are equitable, inclusive, and collaborative. We hold space for you to bring your entire self to SRCCON, just as we hope that one day everyone will be able to bring their whole selves to work—instead of feeling the need to self-oppress because of identity or background. We also hope to provide the community, environment, and support you need to focus on your work (or what you’re passionate about), and at least for a while, do it without carrying extra weight.

Who attends SRCCON events

Our participants represent organizations ranging from massive to tiny, and come from all over the U.S. and many other countries. Accessibility is a core value, and we always offer live session transcripts and tons of documentation for those who can’t attend in person. This year, we’re excited to expand possibilities for attendees even further. Much of the SRCCON program will be available across multiple time zones and through asynchronous participation—if you need to take care of the popsicle your kid just dropped on the floor or step away for an urgent call, we want to make it possible to participate around the complexity of this moment.

SRCCON participants are developers, designers, journalists, editors, and allies: the practitioners and leaders who are transforming their newsrooms into more representative and innovative places to work. Participants come to SRCCON to change journalism by creating more intentional processes, better relationships with the communities they cover, and new ways to engage and inform people.

How much does it cost?

Ticket prices start at $125, plus ticketing fees. We’ll also offer a limited number of need-based, free scholarship tickets as well as $250 stipends for attendees whose time to attend would otherwise be uncompensated. All scholarship applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified by July 1.

SRCCON events don’t have open sale dates or lotteries. If you want to come to SRCCON 2020, our call for participation is how to let us know.

What’s next?

Stay in touch by following @SRCCON and find out about upcoming deadlines by joining our mailing list. If you have a specific question, please reach out.

About us

SRCCON events are produced by OpenNews. We connect a network of developers, designers, journalists, and editors to collaborate on open technologies and processes within journalism. OpenNews believes that a community of peers working, learning and solving problems together can create a stronger, more responsive, and inclusive journalism ecosystem. Incubated at the Mozilla Foundation from 2011-2016, OpenNews is now a project of Community Partners.