October 2019—
10:00 am—12:30 pm

JW Marriott Austin
110 East 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78701

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ComNet is the annual conference of the Communications Network, an organization that connects leaders working in communications for good to the top professionals and best ideas in the field. ComNet is three days of ideas, insights, inspiration, learning, networking and fun.

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On Friday, October 4th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Media Impact Funders will be participating in a dialogue session.  Don’t miss it.

Making Media Grants: How Can We Best Support Journalism in an Increasingly Precarious Media Ecosystem

Philanthropy is playing an increasingly vital role in the support of journalism at a time when the news industry is grappling with parallel challenges: economic and technological disruption is eroding financial sustainability while political leaders are aggressively attacking press freedom at the national and local level – and internationally too. Foundations and other philanthropic donors are filling the gap in supporting critical areas of coverage that are not being addressed adequately by the news industry. There is now a lot of experience in the field and this session will be a great opportunity for media funders to share their experiences.

* How can communications staff work with program colleagues to craft grants most effectively?
* How do we navigate relationships that satisfy philanthropic objectives while still maintaining editorial integrity and independence
* How can more local and regional funders help support and sustain news in communities across the country?
* What are some of the most compelling examples of foundation-supported journalism?