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The 2016 Media Impact Forum

At the 2016 Media Impact Forum, we explored the networks, data and collaborations that support and amplify powerful narratives in film, journalism virtual reality and more. Agenda 9:30 a.m.—Welcome and Introductions Vince Stehle, Executive Director, Media Impact Funders Andrew Rasiej, Founder/CEO, Civic Hall Musical interlude Michael Thurber, Composer, Performer, From the Top 9:55 a.m.—Tech Support: Mapping […]

MIF receives two transformative grants to strengthen support of media that matters

PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 31, 2016)—Media Impact Funders (MIF), a member-supported network of funders who seek to improve society through media and technology, has been awarded a two-year, $500,000 matching grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies, a limited-life foundation. It is the largest-ever grant awarded to the nonprofit since its incorporation in 2009.

American Press Institute report: The nonprofit news sector needs a code of ethics

The American Press Institute—an educational nonprofit that helps advance news media in the digital age—released a report last month that explores the ethical terrain of nonprofit journalism.  “The ethics of taking grants from foundations and gifts from donors to produce news is still evolving and not without controversy,” the report reads.

The 2015 Media Impact Forum

At this year’s Media Impact Forum, we asked two important questions: “What do we want from media innovation in the public interest?” and “How do we get it?” To explore answers, we brought together leading thinkers, funders and media innovators to share their ideas and projects for an inspired digital future. The key theme for […]

Maladies and Miracles Recap: A Day of Science and Storytelling

At the Open Society Foundations’ headquarters in Manhattan, philanthropic leaders and media makers gathered for Maladies and Miracles: Funding Media to Illuminate Health and Science, a day-long series of panels on health-related media coverage and storytelling projects.

Notes from NTC 2015

Our friends at the Nonprofit Technology Network had the great idea of convening their annual Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) in Austin, Texas, a week before the massive horde arrived for South By Southwest. In addition to popular sessions from NTC stalwarts like Beth Kanter, Steve MacLaughlin and Heather Holdridge, NTEN conference participants had all the […]

The 2014 Media Impact Forum

Collaboration and invention were key concepts for the mid-afternoon sessions at the 2014 Media Impact Forum, which honed in on how cross-platform public media initiatives are filling holes in local news and healthcare coverage and influencing audiences and policymakers. View highlights from this discussion below, or go to our YouTube page for the full session. […]

Bezos and Buffet in the News Industry is Good for Nonprofits

When Jeff Bezos announced last week that he would buy The Washington Post, many people derided the sale price as essentially an act of charity: At $250-million, the price Mr. Bezos paid was a lot higher than the newspaper is actually worth.