Media Impact Forum: Philanthropy and the Digital Future

Media innovation in the public interest — what do we want and how do we get it? We explored these questions at our annual day-long Media Impact Forum, where we brought leading funders together with leading makers and thinkers to consider tough questions and emerging trends in public interest media.This year, we met at the Kaiser Family Foundation, located in the cradle of digital innovation: Silicon Valley. Watch speaker videos on our YouTube channel.

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Read the Storify from the day and be sure to check out the event recap post in our Insights section, with media and more photos.

Morning question: What are the big objectives and principles driving media innovation in the public interest?

Moderator for the day: Wendy Hanamura, Internet Archive

•    Vince Stehle, Media Impact Funders
•    David Rousseau, Kaiser Family Foundation

Unlocking Opportunity in Diverse Communities: Van Jones, CNN contributor and founder of Dream Corps addresses the need for greater inclusion in the media and technology industries.

New Carnegie Moment: Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive charts the path to create a universal digital library.

All the Words: Erin McKean reports on the launch of Wordnik — a real-time public-interest digital dictionary.

Trust in News: Craig Newmark reflects on the need to ensure credibility in journalism.

What’s Your Gauge? Jessica Clark of Media Impact Funders and Johanna Blakley of the Media Impact Project offer quick takeaways from a new report for nonprofit news projects and their funders on how to assess journalism outcomes.

The Ethics of Data and Privacy: Lucy Bernholz of Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society considers the risks and rewards of big data in the public interest.

Making it Happen: Jon Funabiki and Emily White lead a discussion concerning effective methods for increasing diversity in media and technology.

Afternoon question: How do we do it?  Examples of innovative practice in digital media and outreach.

Participatory Storytelling: Greater Than AIDS Campaign
Tina Hoff, Kaiser Family Foundation

Tools and Practices to Enhance Civic Engagement
Moderator: Sid Espinosa, Microsoft Corporation
Catherine Bracy, Code for America
Matt Mahan, Brigade
Pamela Behrsin, MapLight

Lessons from the Culture Front
Like, Link, Share author Sarah Lutman interviews Robert Semper, director of laboratory at The Exploratorium, about its evolution as a media producer with global online audiences that dwarf its museum visitorship

The Future of Work: Microsoft/PopTech video partnership
Beth Cohen, PopTech

New Directions in Documentary Film and Video
Moderator: Vince Stehle
Media Impact Festival: Looking back, and looking forward
Strategic approaches in video advocacy: Jacob Kornbluth, Director, Inequality for All
Creating journalism/documentary hybrids: Lois Vossen of ITVS on After the Storm
The Story of Short Video: Annie Leonard of Greenpeace USA

Closing reflections: Sandy Herz, Skoll Foundation

Media Impact Festival Celebration

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