Heather Bryant is the founder and director of Project Facet, an open source infrastructure project that supports newsroom collaboration with tools to manage the logistics of creating, editing and distributing collaborative content, managing projects, facilitating collaborative relationships and sharing the best practices of collaborative journalism. As a 2016-2017 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford, she researched how to make collaboration more effective, equitable and inclusive. Her work is now branching into public facing and community inclusive collaborations facilitating the participation of the public in editorial conversations. Bryant works with the Membership Puzzle Project studying how newsrooms can create responsive and inclusive dynamics with low and no income audiences. She researches and writes about the intersection of class, poverty, technology and journalism ethics.
Shady Grove Oliver is a 2012 graduate of Columbia University’s Master of Science in Narrative Medicine program. While in the program, she was awarded the SCE Master of Science Innovation Scholarship for narrative journalism in the medical field and was named a fellow to the School of Authentic Journalism’s 2012 workshop, Organizing Journalism and Civil Resistance. Oliver has mentored high school journalism students through the Equinox Project and taught photography and journalism ethics with the Child Leader Project in Tamil Nadu, India. Since 2013, she has worked as a public radio, print, web, and photojournalist in Alaska and for the last four years has freelanced as the sole journalist for the only news outlet based above the U.S. Arctic Circle. She has covered the struggle to bring equitable health care to villages off the road system, and chronic and systemic health and wellness issues facing residents of the remote Arctic. In June, she helped coordinate and moderated a panel for ProPublica in the Alaska Native community of Kotzebue entitled Breaking the Silence: Stopping Sexual Assault and Child Abuse in Alaska.