Philanthropy in Journalism
In early 2012, journalists, philanthropists and community leaders from around the country gathered at Arizona State University to discuss the role of philanthropy in the future of accountability journalism.
The symposium, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, was one of a series of events held at leading universities across the country to follow up on a 2011 Federal Communications Commission report, “Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age.” The report has been described as the most comprehensive examination of media policy in the U.S. in a generation.
At the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, more than a dozen award-winning journalists, philanthropists and thought-leaders addressed one of the key elements of that report: how local accountability journalism affects the information health and civic engagement of communities as well as the commission’s suggestion “that more foundations, philanthropists and citizens consider thinking about news media differently than in the past.”
Their discussions are captured on this site and in a report authored by Leonard Downie Jr., Weil Family Professor at the Cronkite School and vice-president at-large of The Washington Post. We hope that by making this information available to a national audience, we can engage more stakeholders, including philanthropists, journalists and the general public, in a further exploration of a subject vital to the future of American journalism.
Dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Arizona State University
The session videos require QuickTime, which is a free download from Apple.