May 2019—
1:00 pm

Zoom Webinar

This is a funder-only webinar.


Radio is one of the oldest forms of mass media, and its reach is growing. Broadcast radio listenership has held steady over the past decade, while online radio and podcasting listenership continues to climb, according to the Pew Research Center.

Today, journalists must meet people where they are, and one powerful way to reach them is through radio and audio storytelling.

This year’s Media Impact Forum will place a special emphasis on radio in the context of community-making media and creative expression.

As a complement to that event, we’re inviting funders to join us at 1 p.m. ET on Friday, May 31, for a webinar to discuss radio and audio journalism. 

We’ll hear from:

  • Ju-Don Marshall, Chief Content Officer for WFAE public radio in Charlotte, N.C. WFAE’s She Says podcast has changed the way local law enforcement investigates sexual assault.

  • Diane Kaplan, President and CEO of the Rasmuson Foundation, will talk about the foundation’s support for community radio and audio content as a way to broaden the range of stories that are told about Alaska Native people.

  • Vaishalee Raja of the James Irvine Foundation will talk about grantmaking to local public radio stations to provide local news and information in underserved areas of California.

  • MIF consultant Sarah Armour-Jones will discuss the new report on national trends in audio and radio philanthropy.

Come ready to share your own favorite radio and audio journalism and impact stories, as well as your questions and ideas. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

This is our May Journalism Funders Network webinar. Every month, as part of our work with the Journalism Funders Network, we host a webinar to help funders find common points of entry to make their work effective and efficient through strategic partnerships. All funders can—and are encouraged to—participate in these calls even if they are not a part of the Journalism Funders Network. Learn more.