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This is a new experiment from Solution Set.

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Welcome to the Solution Set News Book Club. Every few weeks, we read and discuss a book together as a community on a topic related to journalism. It could be a book that’s specifically about news, or it could focus on related topics such as culture change, community building, innovation, and more. You can join the conversation via Twitter, Slack, email newsletter, and Zoom call. Scroll down a bit for details on how to join each channel.

We’re currently reading “Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life” by Eric Klinenberg.

Our host, who selected our book options and will help lead the conversation, is Emily Goligoski, the Membership Puzzle Project’s research director. Emily is one of the industry’s leading voices on membership and community-focused journalism business models.

You can purchase copies of “Palaces for the People” via IndieBound, Amazon, or, of course, from your local bookstore or library.  (There is also a 99 Percent Invisible episode about the book!)

We’ll be meeting to discuss the book on Monday June 17 at 3:30 p.m. EDT. You can add the event to your Google calendar here. I’ll, of course, send out reminders as the date gets closer.


Here’s how you can join the News Book Club conversation:

• Twitter: On Twitter, we’ll use the hashtag #NewsBookClub to chat about the book.

• Slack: We have a robust Slack community that has an ongoing conversation about the books we’re reading. You can sign up here.

• Zoom call: On Monday June 17 at 3:30 p.m. EDT/12:30 p.m. PDT we’ll be holding a Zoom call to discuss any thoughts, insights, or questions you may have about “Palaces for the People.” Our host, Emily Goligoski, will join us for that conversation. You can add the call to your Google Calendar, and I’ll send out reminders as the date gets closer

• Newsletter: I’ll send out regular updates to the newsletter list with highlights from the discussions on the other platforms along with other bits of news and information about the Book Club. You can sign up on this page.

This book club is very much an experiment. Please feel free to share any thoughts or feedback as we progress at  [email protected]