We are excited to announce that Lawrence Caswell will be joining our team in August as the Cleveland Documenters Field Coordinator. Lawrence has decades of experience in journalism and community engagement.
He has been following Documenters since its launch in Chicago and brings a wealth of knowledge about not only how Documenters works, but also about Cleveland, journalism and technology. He also has experience podcasting, doing voiceovers, DJing and even comic book writing.
We believe Lawrence has the passion for the work and the creativity and experience to take Cleveland Documenters where it needs to go in the next year and beyond.
Lawrence worked at ideastream for more than 10 years on civic engagement, audience experience and media production. He began as a sound board operator and ended as a producer focused on civic and social media engagement. Before that, he spent eight years as the sound engineer at Beachland Ballroom.
Lawrence, who lives in Collinwood with his wife and daughter, is well known throughout the city. He has been part of our Neighbor Up Community of Practice and is one of the founders of clePlan, or the Cleveland Parent Leadership Action Network, a group of Neighbor Up members who are also parents with children in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
Lawrence has bachelor’s degrees from Cleveland State University in communications, English and physics.
His start date is August 3. We intend to host our first Cleveland Documenters workshop online on Thursday, September 3 after learning and training with City Bureau. Stay tuned for details on that workshop or sign up to be notified when we have the details.
We’re excited to begin Cleveland Documenters in partnership with Chicago-based civic journalism lab City Bureau and with support from the Cleveland Foundation and the Visible Voice Charitable Fund of the Cleveland Foundation. Cleveland Documenters will recruit, train and pay Greater Clevelanders to document official committee meetings of the Cuyahoga County and City of Cleveland governments and contribute to a communal pool of public knowledge. Read more about it here.