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· Stage
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Welcome & Opening Remarks with Alberto Ibargüen and Lilly Weinberg.
Lilly Weinberg Alberto Ibargüen
2021-03-02T14:00:00Z 2021-03-02T14:30:00Z America/New_York Welcome+%26+Opening+Remarks Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Stage
In conversation: Cesar Conde, NBCUniversal
Conde has been at the forefront of diversifying the workplace to reflect our society and will share his observations.
Cesar Conde
2021-03-02T14:30:00Z 2021-03-02T15:15:00Z America/New_York In+conversation%3A+Cesar+Conde%2C+NBCUniversal Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
Community Media
Meaningful approaches to supporting founders and owners of color
Sonny Messiah-Jiles Hilda Gurdian Tracie Powell Graciela Mochkofsky Paul Cheung
2021-03-02T15:20:00Z 2021-03-02T16:20:00Z America/New_York Community+Media Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Local Partner Success Story: American Journalism Project
A look at a venture philanthropy organization dedicated to local news, and how it could work in your community
Karen Rundlet Sarabeth Berman Ken Ward, Jr. Courtney Bengtson
2021-03-02T15:20:00Z 2021-03-02T16:20:00Z America/New_York Local+Partner+Success+Story%3A+American+Journalism+Project Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
Community Foundations and Local Journalism
A look at efforts in Seattle and Fresno, California to support local journalism
Mary Snapp Ashley Swearengin Michele Matassa Flores Joaquin Alvarado
2021-03-02T15:20:00Z 2021-03-02T16:20:00Z America/New_York Community+Foundations+and+Local+Journalism Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Funders Respond to Crisis: From COVID 19 to Racial Reckoning
Two community foundations address COVID and place race, equity and inclusion at the center of their investment
Raul Moas Lisa Adkins Rebecca Fishman Lipsey
2021-03-02T15:20:00Z 2021-03-02T16:20:00Z America/New_York Funders+Respond+to+Crisis%3A+From+COVID+19+to+Racial+Reckoning Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Funders Addressing Polarization
Strategies for finding common ground in communities
Kyle Kutuchief Daniel Stid Paul Waters Sarah Ruger
2021-03-02T15:20:00Z 2021-03-02T16:20:00Z America/New_York Funders+Addressing+Polarization Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
Countering the 2020 Infodemic
The latest research on misinformation, and the way forward
Claire Wardle Jevin West John Sands
2021-03-02T15:20:00Z 2021-03-02T16:20:00Z America/New_York Countering+the+2020+Infodemic Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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COVID-19: Navigating the World’s First Infodemic
Leading players in the field talk about how communities can manage the copious amounts of information - and misinformation - surrounding COVID.
Reneé DiResta Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal Deborah Blum Dr. Helene Gayle
2021-03-02T16:20:00Z 2021-03-02T17:10:00Z America/New_York COVID-19%3A+Navigating+the+World%E2%80%99s+First+Infodemic+ Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Event close
Lilly Weinberg
2021-03-02T17:10:00Z 2021-03-02T17:15:00Z America/New_York Event+close Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Expo
Grantee Showcase
Discover the stories of previous grantees.
2021-03-02T17:15:00Z 2021-03-02T18:00:00Z America/New_York Grantee+Showcase Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
New Solutions to Rebuild Local Journalism
Strategies for communities to support local journalism
Steven Waldman S. Mitra Kalita Elizabeth Hansen Paul Cheung
2021-03-03T13:00:00Z 2021-03-03T14:00:00Z America/New_York New+Solutions+to+Rebuild+Local+Journalism+ Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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COVID 19 Funds: Informing Underserved Communities
Getting news and information to communities of color
David Rousseau Nate Wallace Courtney Stewart Roxann Stafford
2021-03-03T13:00:00Z 2021-03-03T14:00:00Z America/New_York COVID+19+Funds%3A+Informing+Underserved+Communities Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Building Community Engagement that Powers Journalism
Ways to work across silos and develop programs that inform community work
Charles Thomas Cynthia Benjamin Ashley Alvarado Seth Ervin
2021-03-03T13:00:00Z 2021-03-03T14:00:00Z America/New_York Building+Community+Engagement+that+Powers+Journalism Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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NewsMatch: The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Collaborations between funders, newsrooms and industry experts that strengthen nonprofit newsrooms' funding capabilities
Raul Moas Barbara Raab Alice Dreger Pahoua Yang Hoffman Courtney Hurtt
2021-03-03T13:00:00Z 2021-03-03T14:00:00Z America/New_York NewsMatch%3A+The+Gift+That+Keeps+on+Giving Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Local Funder-Grantee Success Story: Report For America
A case study on the national service organization placing journalists in local newsrooms across the country
Kyle Kutuchief Greg Farmer Zoë Jackson Marian Kaanon
2021-03-03T13:00:00Z 2021-03-03T14:00:00Z America/New_York Local+Funder-Grantee+Success+Story%3A+Report+For+America Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Stage
Welcome to Day 2.
Kelly Jin
2021-03-03T14:00:00Z 2021-03-03T14:05:00Z America/New_York Welcome Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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In conversation: Thomas Chatterton Williams, author and cultural critic, and Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University
These two speakers will explore the themes in Chatterton Williams’ book, “Self-Portrait in Black and White,” a meditation on race and identity in America.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Thomas Chatterton Williams
2021-03-03T14:05:00Z 2021-03-03T14:45:00Z America/New_York In+conversation%3A+Thomas+Chatterton+Williams%2C+author+and+cultural+critic%2C+and+Professor+Henry+Louis+Gates%2C+Jr.%2C+Harvard+University Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Stories from the Field: Funders and Local Journalism
With place-based funders increasingly investing in local journalism, three media and philanthropy leaders provide their insights into emerging best practices.
Karen Rundlet Tiffany Walden Angelique Power Laura Frank Tom Gougeon
2021-03-03T14:45:00Z 2021-03-03T15:35:00Z America/New_York Stories+from+the+Field%3A+Funders+and+Local+Journalism++ Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Dismantling Systemic Racism: The Way Forward for Funders and Newsrooms
As the racial reckoning in the U.S. continues, we look at ways that funders and newsrooms can work together to dismantle inequities in news organizations.
Lea Trusty Cara Reedy Michelle Morales Alicia Bell LaSharah Bunting
2021-03-03T15:40:00Z 2021-03-03T16:25:00Z America/New_York Dismantling+Systemic+Racism%3A+The+Way+Forward+for+Funders+and+Newsrooms+ Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Can Democracy Survive Social Media?
How can we as a nation preserve free expression, while also safeguarding U.S. democracy?
Carole Cadwalladr Latanya Sweeney Tristan Harris Jameel Jaffer John Palfrey
2021-03-03T16:25:00Z 2021-03-03T17:15:00Z America/New_York Can+Democracy+Survive+Social+Media%3F+ Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
Happy Hour Networking
Knight Media Forum Happy Hour and Networking.
2021-03-03T17:15:00Z 2021-03-03T18:00:00Z America/New_York Happy+Hour+Networking Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Stage
Welcome to Day 3.
Jennifer Preston
2021-03-04T14:00:00Z 2021-03-04T14:15:00Z America/New_York Welcome Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Stage
In Conversation: Microsoft President Brad Smith and Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation
Smith and Ibargüen will explore the future of journalism on changing platforms and the role of technology and information in our democracy.
Brad Smith Alberto Ibargüen
2021-03-04T14:15:00Z 2021-03-04T15:00:00Z America/New_York In+Conversation%3A+Microsoft+President+Brad+Smith+and+Alberto+Ibarg%C3%BCen%2C+Knight+Foundation Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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In conversation: Isabel Wilkerson, author & former journalist
Pulitzer Prize-winner Isabel Wilkerson, talks about how castes have fundamentally shaped American society.
Stephanie Bell-Rose Isabel Wilkerson
2021-03-04T15:00:00Z 2021-03-04T15:45:00Z America/New_York In+conversation%3A+Isabel+Wilkerson%2C+author+%26+former+journalist Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Closing remarks
Closing remarks for Knight Media Forum 2021.
2021-03-04T15:45:00Z 2021-03-04T16:00:00Z America/New_York Closing+remarks Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)


Cynthia Benjamin

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Latanya Sweeney

Harvard University

Deborah Blum

Knight Science Prog./MIT

Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal

Kaiser Health News

Jennifer Preston

Shorenstein Center

Kelly Jin

Knight Foundation

Roxann Stafford

Knight-Lenfest Fund

Steven Waldman

Report for America

Daniel Stid

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Carole Cadwalladr

The Guardian

Jameel Jaffer

Knight First Amendment Institute, Columbia University

Ashley Swearengin

Central Valley Community Fdn.

Alberto Ibargüen

Knight Foundation

David Rousseau

Kaiser Family Foundation

Joaquin Alvarado

The Seattle Times

Michele Matassa Flores

The Seattle Times

Hilda Gurdian

La Noticia

Graciela Mochkofsky

Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY

Raul Moas

Knight Foundation

Lisa Adkins

Blue Grass Community Foundation

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Miami Foundation

Ken Ward, Jr.

Mountain State Spotlight

Courtney Stewart

Missouri Foundation for Health

Charles Thomas

Knight Foundation

Ashley Alvarado

Southern California Public Radio

Marian Kaanon

Stanislaus Community Foundation

Barbara Raab

Jonathan Logan Family Foundation

Pahoua Yang Hoffman

St. Paul & Minnesota Fdn.

Cesar Conde


John Palfrey

MacArthur Foundation

Lea Trusty

Democracy Fund

Cara Reedy

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

Michelle Morales

Woods Fund Chicago

Angelique Power

The Field Foundation of Illinois

Stephanie Bell-Rose

TIAA-Teachers Insurance Annuity Assn.

John Sands

Knight Foundation

Brad Smith


Sonny Messiah-Jiles

Houston Defender Network

S. Mitra Kalita

URL Media

Elizabeth Hansen

National Trust for Local News

Paul Waters

Democracy Fund

Claire Wardle

First Draft News

Jevin West

University of Washington

Mary Snapp


Tracie Powell

Borealis Philanthropy

Sarah Ruger

Stand Together

Karen Rundlet

Knight Foundation

Sarabeth Berman

American Journalism Project

Courtney Bengtson

Wichita Community Foundation

Nate Wallace

Knight Foundation

Kyle Kutuchief

Knight Foundation

Greg Farmer

The Kansas City Star.

Zoë Jackson

Minnesota Star Tribune

Alice Dreger

East Lansing Info.

Courtney Hurtt


Isabel Wilkerson

Author & Journalist

Tristan Harris

Center for Humane Technology

Alicia Bell

Free Press

LaSharah Bunting

Knight Foundation

Tiffany Walden

The TRiiBE

Laura Frank

Colorado News Collaborative (COLab)

Tom Gougeon

Gates Family Foundation

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Harvard University

Thomas Chatterton Williams

Cultural Critic & Author

Reneé DiResta

Stanford Internet Observatory

Dr. Helene Gayle

The Chicago Community Trust

Lilly Weinberg

Knight Foundation

Cynthia Benjamin

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Paul Cheung

Knight Foundation

Seth Ervin

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

The event is over


Shorenstein Center, Harvard University

News Leaders Must Confront the Threat of Media Manipulation

News Product Alliance

Why news needs product thinkers — and the News Product Alliance

Outlier Media

Repairing the newsroom feedback loop before it’s too late

City Bureau

Building a National, People-Powered Civic Information Network

Military Veterans in Journalism

American media outlets must commit to hiring more military


Providing pro bono legal services to journalists at the local level

Local Media Foundation

Digital tech transformation: Lessons from and for publishers of color


Building a Coalition to Fight Online Abuse: Join the IWMF’s effort to help journalists fight trolls and safeguard their online privacy


JCamp: The Journey Begins Here

Center for Community Media

Elevating the Local Journalism for and by Communities of Color



Carole Kneeland Project

Rocks in First: Kneeland's Life-Changing Training for Local News Directors