9 a.m.—Welcome and Introductions  
Vince Stehle, Executive Director, Media Impact Funders
David Rousseau, Vice President and Executive Director, Media & Technology, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

9:15 a.m.—Returning to Public Media’s Roots
A conversation with NPR’s founding architect and one of today’s leading public radio reporters on how public media has served us for the last 50 years and where it will take us in the future.
Bill Siemering, President, Developing Radio Partners
Korva Coleman, Newscaster, NPR

9:45 a.m.—Policy Visions, Platform Realities
How have the founding policy visions for public broadcasting translated into current cross-platform efforts to serve all Americans with news, education and insight?
Korva Coleman, Newscaster, NPR (moderator)
Michael Copps, former Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Thomas Hjelm, Chief Digital Officer, NPR

10:30 a.m.—Spectrum Auction: The First $2 Billion 
With federal cuts looming, the spectrum auction may breathe life into local news and the public sphere. What are the plans for the first $2 billion? How much of it will go to public media?
Tim Isgitt, Managing Director, Humanity United
Patrick Butler, President and Chief Executive Officer, America’s Public Television Stations

10:50 a.m.—Networking Break  

11:20 a.m.—Tech Support: Google’s Foray Into Protecting the Public
How can major technology companies—with active engagement of citizens and nonprofit organizations everywhere—help to protect civil and human rights?
Korva Coleman, Newscaster, NPR (moderator)
Malika Saada Saar, Senior Counsel, Civil and Human Rights, Public Policy and Government Relations, Google

11:50 a.m.—Digital Diaspora Family Reunion
How can public media help to illuminate the historic value of lived experiences?
Thomas Allen Harris, Director/Producer and Founder/President, Chimpanzee Productions

12:10 p.m.—Networking Lunch

1:15 a.m.—Learning from Hearken 
What is public-powered journalism?  Learn how this new model generates audience engagement that builds trust, leads to original, influential journalism.
Jennifer Brandel, CEO & Co-Founder, Hearken

1:30 p.m.—A Portrait in Film
A documentary short about the Domestic Workers Alliance, commissioned by the Atlantic Philanthropies.

1:40 p.m.—Kickstarting Support: Amplifying the Impact of Documentary Film Funders 
Learn how the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is working with philanthropy to make funding dollars go further.
Jon Leland, Director of Strategy & Insights, Kickstarter

2 p.m.—Cutting Through the Noise: Ensuring Quality Dialogue in a Culture of Polarization
In these divisive times, new programs and media projects are emerging to connect listeners and viewers across the aisle. We’ll hear from program hosts who span the political spectrum.
Joshua Johnson, Host of 1A, WAMU
Jaime-Alexis Fowler, Deputy Director, Common Sense News
Charlie Sykes, Co-host, Indivisible

2:50 p.m.—Networking Break

3:15 p.m.—Communicating Science in an Age of Doubt 
What does it take to effectively convey complex scientific topics— and to defend evidence-based communication against science denialism?
Elizabeth Christopherson, President, Rita Allen Foundation (moderator)
Tim Jorgensen, Associate Professor, Radiation Medicine & Director of the Health Physics and Radiation Protection Graduate Program at Georgetown University
Brian Southwell, Program Director, Science in the Public Sphere, RTI International

4 p.m.—Media Impact Festival  
Learn about inventive impact strategies in current and forthcoming films selected for the AFI DOCS Impact Lab.
Heidi Nel, Principal, The Raben Group
Pete Nicks, Director, The Force
Trish Adlesic, Director, I Am Evidence
Samantha Wright, Director of Impact, Exposure Labs


About the Author
Nina Sachdev

Nina Sachdev

Director of Communications

Nina Sachdev brings more than 20 years of journalism, news editing and marketing experience to her role as a communications director for Media Impact Funders (MIF). Since joining MIF in 2016, Nina has been leading efforts to showcase the power of media, journalism and storytelling to the philanthropic community. Through strategic communications, member engagement strategies and high-profile speaking events, Nina works to educate and inspire funders to make more strategic decisions about their media funding. Nina brings with her from her journalism days a special focus on sexual assault and reproductive health, and is a tireless advocate for the importance of quality, impactful media and journalism around these topics.
Nina cut her teeth in journalism at The Dallas Morning News, where—as an intern on the copy desk—she was tasked with editing the obituaries of famous people who hadn’t yet died. Since then, Nina has worked at The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, The Philadelphia Daily News and The Philadelphia Weekly in almost every editorial capacity imaginable, including senior editor, A1 editor (when that used to be a thing) and slot (does anyone remember that being a thing?).
Nina is the creator and editor of the award-winning The Survivors Project: Telling the Truth About Life After Sexual Abuse, which exposes the reality of healing from the effects of sexual abuse. Nina holds an M.A. in journalism from Temple University. She lives in Philadelphia with her family.