2016 Media Impact Forum

Thanks to all who participated in and attended our annual Media Impact Forum on June 28, 2016, at Civic Hall in New York. See our Storify for a quick recap of the day, and scroll down for video recordings of each session. And see our photo gallery here.

Each year, our Forum brings funders from across the country together with pathbreaking media makers and analysts to share insights about the field’s most influential projects and trends. This year, we explored the networks, data and collaborations that support and amplify powerful narratives in film, journalism virtual reality and more. We also celebrated our third annual Media Impact Festival, where we honored the interactive media projects selected by our nominating committee, and connected with the extraordinary media makers to experience their innovations.


9 a.m.—Registration and networking

9:30 a.m.—Welcome and Introductions

Vince Stehle, Executive Director, Media Impact Funders

Andrew Rasiej, Founder/CEO, Civic Hall

Musical interlude
Michael Thurber
, Composer, Performer, From the Top

9:55 a.m.—Tech Support: Mapping Our Networks

Foundation Maps for Media Funding
Sarah Armour-Jones
, Consultant, Media Impact Funders
Nicholas Savot, Electronic Grant Analyst, Foundation Center

Mapping the System Dynamics of Local Journalism
Jessica Clark, Research and Strategy Director, Media Impact Funders
Paul Waters, Program Associate, Democracy Fund

The Story that Moved Us: When I Walk + AXS Map as Building Blocks for Change
Jason DaSilva, Producer, Director, Writer, Activist & Founder, AXS Labs
Vince Stehle, Executive Director, Media Impact Funders

11 a.m.—Networking Break

11:30 a.m.—The Power and Impact of Investigative Reporting
David Rousseau, Vice President and Executive Director of Health Policy Media Technology, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Troubled Water: Uncovering Massive Fraud in Flint, Michigan
Amy Goodman, Co-host, Democracy Now!
Curt Guyette, Investigative Reporter, ACLU of Michigan

The Panama Papers: Building the Capacity for Global Investigation
Amy Goodman,
Co-host, Democracy Now!
Peter Bale, CEO, Center for Public Integrity
Michael Hudson, Reporter for Panama Papers 

12:30 p.m.—Networking Lunch

1:30 p.m.—Spotlight: The History of Storytelling

1:45 p.m.—Harnessing Discovery’s Global Platform for Environmental Preservation

The Worldwide Release of Racing Extinction
Paul D. Miller,
aka DJ Spooky, Composer, Multimedia Artist, and Writer
John Hoffman, Executive Vice President, Documentaries and Specials, Discovery
Ted Richane
, Director, Engagement and Impact, Vulcan Productions

Discovery Impact: Protecting the Planet, One Documentary Storyteller at a Time
Paul D. Miller,
aka DJ Spooky, Composer, Multimedia Artist, and Writer
John Hoffman, Executive Vice President, Documentaries and Specials, Discovery
Abrahm Lustgarten
, Senior Reporter, ProPublica

2:45 p.m.—Networking Break

3:15 p.m.—Spotlight: The Future of Storytelling

3:30 p.m.—New to the Game: Innovations in Media Practice

Urgent Attention: MacArthur Foundation’s Nuclear Challenge Project & Journalism and Media Program Collaborations
Lauren Pabst, Program Officer for Journalism and Media, MacArthur Foundation

Virtual Reality: Fostering Empathy-Based Action
Dan Archer, Founder, Empathetic Media; Fellow, Tow Center for Digital Journalism

Live and Immersive Media: Ethics and Human Rights Impact
Sam Gregory,
Program Director, WITNESS

4:30 p.m.—Media Impact Festival
Introduced by Kathy Im, Director, MacArthur Foundation

5 p.m.—Reception and Festival Demos