The 2022 Media Impact Forum

Registration is now open for our 2022 Media Impact Forum: Stories for Justice, which will take place in person on June 1 at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.

The 2021 Media Impact Forum

Our 2021 Media Impact Forum will focus on evidence-based communications on science, health and the environment.  We hope you’ll join us for our annual gathering of funders who support media in the public interest.  It’ll look a bit different, of course: We’ll host one online discussion on the third Wednesday of every month from February to june.  We hope this pace of programming works for you and doesn’t add to your Zoom fatigue.  We see this series of conversations focusing on evidence-based communications as a chance for you to come together with your peers, deepen learning, and help strengthen our funding community for the work that lies ahead.

Watch the recaps of the previous sessions


The 2020 Media Impact Forum

Our 2020 Media Impact Forum focusing on philanthropy, media and the environment has come to a close, but the work is far from over. Funders recognize the need for more and better news coverage of climate change, but greater philanthropic support for media and journalism that addresses environmental and public health issues is critical at this time. This year’s Forum took place over six online sessions, which covered climate activism, the intersection of racial and environmental justice, collaborative reporting models, and much more.

Watch the 2020 Media Impact Forum


The 2019 Media Impact Forum

Off the Walls: How Art Museums Are Reaching People Where They Are

Valerie Gay, Deputy Director, Audience Engagement & Chief Experience Officer, Barnes Foundation (red top)
Barbara Wong, Director, Community Engagement, Barnes Foundation (straight black hair)
Kalela Williams, Director of Neighborhood Library Enrichment, Free Library of Philadelphia (short sleeve top)

Cultural organizations are increasingly relying upon film and digital media to strengthen their programming onsite and to reach a broader audience online and in their communities. Innovative figures at museums and other arts organizations are leading the way, with significant support from philanthropy. And more and more arts and culture organizations are using these tools and resources to spark civic engagement, beyond traditional educational and aesthetic functions of their organizations.

Among media forms and formats, radio is seeing a resurgence in reach and impact, driven in part by the explosion of interest in podcasts and other streaming media experiences.

Taken together, this year's Media Impact Forum will explore the intersection between the arts, culture and media, and will focus on the impact of creative expression through media. In particular, we'll take a close look at the connection between radio and community, and how this format continues to promote civic dialogue to the broadest audiences possible.

for Media Impact Funders
The American Philosophical Society
May 23, 2019

The 2019 Media Impact Forum paid special attention to the role of radio and audio in creating and sustaining crucial connections with communities. Radio might be one of our oldest platforms, but in terms of reach and and impact, it is also one of the most innovative—and philanthropy is playing a vital role in its resurgence. Grantmakers and the cultural organizations they fund are investing in audio and media across traditional broadcasting, podcasting, and on-site properties in order to foster greater context, reach, and conversation with constituencies.

Watch the 2019 Media Impact Forum

Learn more about our previous Media Impact Forums here.

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2022 Media Impact Forum: Stories for Justice

Storytelling can make injustice more visible and more visceral, and can create pathways for deeper understanding and empathy. It can also uplift communities and mobilize and empower them to take action. There are many new and innovative ways for funders, journalists and media makers to support, create and disseminate stories reflective of the communities most […]

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