Scientific inquiry is being challenged as never before, and science denialism is increasingly prevalent, as efforts to propagate misinformation and disinformation grow more prominent. To reclaim and support the essential role of science in our society, funders are continuing to respond with a variety of grants that support the communication of science.  In this webinar, we heard from:

  • Richard Stone, senior science editor at HHMI Department of Science Education, and Jonathan Fahey, health & science editor at the Associated Press, on expanding their collaboration to support health and science reporting over the next three years. In fall 2019, the AP announced “What Can Be Saved?”, a series of multimedia stories that followed several intense efforts around the world to save or revive ecosystems.
  • Indre Viskontas, neuroscientist and podcast host of Inquiring Minds, about using podcasts as a vehicle for educating the public on complex scientific information and its impact.
  • Rachael Strecher, senior director of Storytelling Grants, Programs and Fellowships at the National Geographic Society, who will give us a preview of the National Geographic’s 2020 Storytellers Summit, a conference that brings together photographers, writers, filmmakers, illustrators and journalists to celebrate the art of storytelling and its ability to connect and inspire change.

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Media Impact Funders traces its roots back to the Council on Foundations, a longtime philanthropy-serving organization. Formerly Grantmakers in Film, Video & Television, MIF began on a volunteer basis in 1984 as an affinity group for funders interested in the power of film to highlight social issues. Reflecting changes in technology and media behavior over the past decade, it was renamed Grantmakers in Film & Electronic Media (GFEM) and formally incorporated in 2008 to advance the field of media arts and public interest media funding. It had 45 members and was headed by former MacArthur Foundation Program Officer Alyce Myatt. GFEM was renamed Media Impact Funders in 2012 and has since expanded its strategy to include a broad range media funding interests such as journalism, immersive technologies, media policy and more. Since that time, MIF has grown to more than 80 organizational members representing some of the largest foundations, and holds more than 40 in-person and online events yearly.