We Are Hearken

The Hearken team's thoughts on journalism, engagement, and tech. Hearken means: to listen. We believe that listening to your audience first, not last, makes for better everything. We're here to help: http://www.wearehearken.com/

Jennifer Brandel

Accidental journalist turned CEO of a tech-enabled company called Hearken. Founder of @WBEZCuriousCity Find me: @JenniferBrandel @wearehearken wearehearken.com

Summer Fields

Empowering news orgs to listen to their audiences @wearehearken. Grad of @uchicagocollege sociology. Talk to me about “diversity” in media. Audio producer!


if I said I wasn't classy, you'd know I was a liar. Author of Understanding the 4 Rules of Simple Design https://t.co/0Xwm3mpgL9


News organizations use Hearken to meaningfully engage the public as a story develops from pitch through publication. Founders: @JenniferBrandel @coreyhaines

Stephanie L. Snyder

✨ Engagement Consultant at Hearken ✨ | Former journalist with a focus on community engagement and audience development for local startup news organizations.

Bridget Thoreson

Storyteller and audience advocate. Engagement manager at Hearken, helping newsrooms pursue public-powered journalism.

Meredith Turk

Engagement Consultant at Hearken

Meredith Turk

Engagement strategist with Hearken. Member-owner at Queen City Cooperative. Building networks and resilient communities through storytelling.


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