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Starting Monday, leaders in philanthropy, media and tech will gather for Knight Foundation’s annual Media Learning Seminar to explore how foundations can, and already are, helping residents be informed about the issues that shape their communities.
The seminar is part of the Knight Community Information Challenge, which engages community and place-based foundations in meeting local information needs. Over the past five years, Knight has invested in more than 80 projects, offering both challenge grants and technical expertise to get ideas off the ground.
Most of the sessions will be streamed at knightfoundation.org/live. We hope you’ll follow along via video, and join the conversation on Twitter with @knightfdn and #infoneeds. We’ll also be taking questions via Twitter for the plenary sessions and featured speakers noted on the conference schedule.
The seminar kicks off at 10:15 a.m. ET on Monday, with a welcome and announcement about the future of the Knight Community Information Challenge from Knight’s President and CEO, Alberto Ibargüen. Directly afterwards, foundation leaders will share “moments of truth” and give insights into the successes and challenges in this area.
The livestream will take a pause from 1:15 p.m until 3:45 p.m. ET Monday afternoon for breakout sessions, featuring conversations ranging from incorporating a media strategy into a project to using games for community engagement and more. Scribes will have notes from each session posted online soon after the conference ends.
In the afternoon beginning at 3:45 p.m. ET, Knight’s Vice President of Journalism and Media Innovation Michael Maness, will join Fred Dust, a partner at IDEO, for a discussion about re-thinking community information approaches and how to best design for impact
Monday night at 6:30 p.m. ET, Cesar Conde, President of Univision Networks will engage in a conversation with Ibargüen.
Tuesday morning kicks off at 8:30 a.m. ET with a plenary session where several foundations will share their stories of how they built partnerships and collaborations.
At 10:15 a.m. ET, Knight’s Director of Journalism and Media Innovation John Bracken will lead a discussion on sustainability for information projects. Featured panelist include Emily Ramshaw, editor, Texas Tribune, Joseph Beyer, director of digital initiatives at Sundance and Jennifer Ferro, general manager at KCRW.
The seminar will close with the launch of the Knight News Challenge on Open Gov.
The full schedule of the seminar is available online.
By Elizabeth R. Miller, communications associate at Knight Foundation