September 2022—
11:30 am—3:00 pm

Columbia University | New York

This is a funder-only gathering.


The International Press Institute (IPI), in partnership with Media Impact Funders and the Global Forum for Media Development, are inviting funders to a roundtable discussion on Sept. 9 at Columbia University in New York City to explore what media funders can learn from the world of impact investment.

The roundtable, “Investing in the Future of Independent Journalism,” is a side event to IPI’s 2022 World Congress, which runs from Sept. 8-10 at Columbia University. The World Congress is IPI’s flagship global forum that explores the challenges facing independent journalism and the most effective strategies to address them.

The roundtable will explore how funders can expand the spectrum of capital available to support high-quality media as a public good, and ask questions such as: “Is it possible to balance financial returns with the social good that comes from safeguarding a robust and independent media ecosystem? Or is the entire premise a mirage, destined to disappoint as it creates unrealistic expectations of commercial viability in places hostile to media pluralism?”

The discussion will feature prominent speakers in a fishbowl format, surrounded by an audience of philanthropic foundations, media funders, impact investors, media development experts, regional accelerators, media builders and journalists. We would be delighted if you would share your expertise and take part as a member of the audience, contributing to the discussion through comments and questions.

Participation in the roundtable is free for invited guests, but funders are also entitled to a discounted ticket to the two-and-a-half days of the entire 2022 World Congress. Tickets normally cost $300 but roundtable participants can attend the World Congress for just $100.

Attendance at the roundtable discussion is by invitation only.