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The 2019 Media Impact Forum

Last month, we convened our annual Media Impact Forum at the American Philosophical Society—the home of America’s oldest learned society—in Philadelphia, where we paid special attention to the role of radio and audio in creating and sustaining crucial connections with communities.

WATCH: High-impact radio and audio journalism

This year’s Media Impact Forum placed special emphasis on radio in the context of community-making media and creative expression. As a complement to that event, we invited funders to join us last week for a conversation on high-impact radio and audio journalism.

WATCH: Reports from the international journalism community

Our latest Jounalism Funders Network webinar focused on the themes and highlights of a few big gatherings for the international journalism community: April 3-9—The International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy April 9—Media Impact Funders’ one-day pre-conference funder gathering at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford, England; April 12-13—The 20th annual International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) in Austin, Texas

Knight Media Forum underscores urgency of rebuilding local news infrastructure

Many leaders in media and philanthropy are glumly making their way back North to their homes in the path of another arctic blast of late winter, after several days of basking in the balmy weather and illuminating presentations at the annual Knight Media Forum in Miami this week. But they will continue to feel the […]

WATCH: A preview of the 2019 Knight Media Forum

Each year, the Knight Foundation gathers funders from across the country to talk about why and how they—especially those at community and place-based foundations—can contribute to stronger local news ecosystems. The agenda for this year’s Knight Media Forum offers rich examples of collaborations and experiments rooted in place.

WATCH: Building public trust in today’s media landscape

In our second collaborative webinar, Media Impact Funders and Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement Funders (PACE) convened thought leaders from across the Infogagement landscape to discuss how driving civic engagement in today’s interconnected media landscape requires re-building public trust. Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter changed the landscape of democracy, granting widespread access to public discourse, and empowering citizens to […]

WATCH: Webinar explores how global media philanthropy can address journalists’ security

Philanthropy plays a crucial role in supporting media that improves democratic processes. The exercise of free expression and the financial support that make it possible are especially needed in places that lack press freedom protections. Around the globe, media funders have been keeping an eye on troubling global trends and potential threats to democracy, journalism […]

WATCH: Webinar explores what it takes to raise great kids—and to stay present while doing it

How do you raise thoughtful, caring, emotionally healthy children? And how do you do it in the face of struggle? If you’re a parent, no doubt these are questions you’ve asked yourself countless times. So for our latest webinar, we invited longtime friend and MIF board member Joy Thomas Moore and Pittsburgh Foundation President Maxwell […]

WATCH: Webinar focuses on news deserts and what funders can do to keep local news alive

Last week, we hosted a webinar highlighting promising solutions to the problem of news deserts. Nearly every day, we’re reminded that local news in the United States is dwindling. Since 2004, about 20 percent of all metro and community newspapers in the United States—approximately 1,800—have gone out of business or merged. Hundreds more have drastically […]