This month’s journalism webinar marked the second in a series exploring innovative ways to fund reporting on science, health and the environment. This time, we looked at the field of environmental reporting and heard about successful partnerships and scalable models.

It comes at an important time for MIF, as we just announced a new focus on programming around the environment in the coming year in response to the increasingly urgent need to address global climate change. (See our list of events.)

We heard from:

Diane Ives, Fund Advisor at the Kendeda Fund, a long-standing funder of environmental journalism, shared details about Kendeda’s support for various environmental reporting outlets. Ives identified several strategies for how Kendeda approaches its support of media that reaches environmental issues.

Justin Kenney, communications consultant for the environment at the Walton Family Foundation, discussed Walton’s support for environmental journalism, including reporter trainings, a coastal desk at the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Brady Piñero Walkinshaw and Andrew Simon of Grist talked about their involvement in collaborative efforts in environmental reporting, including creative content partnerships and a new initiative around diversity and environmental media. Grist is centered on three main themes that include finding solutions, creating equity, and empowering and activating people to take action.

Philip Johnson, Environment and Health Program Director for The Heinz Endowments, will discuss support for Environmental Health News and other environmental journalism initiatives funded by Heinz.

Kaitlin Yarnall Chief Storytelling Officer and Senior Vice President at National Geographic, described National Geographic’s collaborative environmental reporting partnership with Lenfest Institute and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Watch the webinar:

About the Author
Nina Sachdev

Nina Sachdev

Director of Communications

Nina Sachdev brings more than 20 years of journalism, news editing and marketing experience to her role as a communications director for Media Impact Funders (MIF). Since joining MIF in 2016, Nina has been leading efforts to showcase the power of media, journalism and storytelling to the philanthropic community. Through strategic communications, member engagement strategies and high-profile speaking events, Nina works to educate and inspire funders to make more strategic decisions about their media funding. Nina brings with her from her journalism days a special focus on sexual assault and reproductive health, and is a tireless advocate for the importance of quality, impactful media and journalism around these topics.
Nina cut her teeth in journalism at The Dallas Morning News, where—as an intern on the copy desk—she was tasked with editing the obituaries of famous people who hadn’t yet died. Since then, Nina has worked at The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, The Philadelphia Daily News and The Philadelphia Weekly in almost every editorial capacity imaginable, including senior editor, A1 editor (when that used to be a thing) and slot (does anyone remember that being a thing?).
Nina is the creator and editor of the award-winning The Survivors Project: Telling the Truth About Life After Sexual Abuse, which exposes the reality of healing from the effects of sexual abuse. Nina holds an M.A. in journalism from Temple University. She lives in Philadelphia with her family.