September 2020—
12:00 pm—1:00 pm


This is funder-only discussion.

In July, the Ford Foundation published Reconstructing American News: Investing in the transformation of journalistic processes and power relations to strengthen civil society. 

Commissioned by the foundation’s journalism program officer, Farai Chideya, and co-authored by Dot Connector Studio’s Katie Donnelly and Jessica Clark, the report summed up lessons gleaned from two years of research into what it takes to support innovation for news equity.

Newsrooms led by women, people of color and other marginalized media makers are often shut out of funding and investment for journalism, and must battle bias in order to get important stories told. Yet, such outlets have still been innovating in the face of a pandemic and what looks to be the most tumultuous election of our lifetimes.

Join us for a discussion about the report’s key takeaways—and hear from several nonprofit news leaders who are inventing new ways to engage their communities while covering American politics. 

We’ll hear from:

  • Farai Chideya, Program Officer, Creativity and Free Expression, Ford Foundation
  • Jessica Clark, Founder and Executive Director, Dot Connector Studio
  • Jon Funabiki, Executive Director, Renaissance Journalism
  • Darryl Holliday, Co-founder and News Lab Director, City Bureau
  • Mazin Sidahmed, Co-founding Editor/Senior Reporter, Documented
  • Andres Torres, (moderator) Program Officer, Robert R. McCormick Foundation