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Media Learning Seminar 2016

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Knight Foundation's Media Learning Seminar explores how community and place-based foundations have become leaders in using media, information and civic engagement to make their cities more successful. Join the conversation on Twitter with #infoneeds and watch below.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

9 a.m. Welcome: Alberto Ibargüen, president, Knight Foundation.                     

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Transformational Leadership for Community Foundations: Leading Through Disruption. Presenters: Terry Mazany, CEO, Chicago Community Trust, and Lisa Adkins, president and CEO, Blue Grass Community Foundation. Panelists: Michael Marsicano, president and CEO, Foundation For The Carolinas and Brian Weinberg, global operations director, Nexus Youth Summit. Moderator: Alberto Ibargüen

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. The Role and Responsibility of Public Media. Presenters: Mike Oreskes, senior vice president, news, and editorial director, NPR, Tim Eby, director and general manager, St. Louis Public Radio, Michelle Srbinovich, general manager, WDET. Moderator: John Bracken, vice president, media innovation, Knight Foundation.

12 – 1:15 p.m.  A New Marriage in Philadelphia: Philanthropy and Media. A conversation with Pedro Ramos, CEO, Philadelphia Foundation, and Terry Egger, publisher, Philadelphia Media Network. Moderator: Alberto Ibargüen. 

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.   Building “People-First” Cities: Using Information and Engagement to Design Successful Communities. Panel: Teresa Pike Tomlinson, mayor of Columbus, Ga., Betsy Covington, president and CEO, Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, and Matthew Lister, head of team, Gehl Studio New York. Moderator: Lilly Weinberg, program director for community foundations, Knight Foundation.

4 – 5 p.m.   Tools and Techniques: Using Social Media and Mobile to Inform and Engage Communities. Moderator: Jennifer Preston, VP, journalism, Knight Foundation. Presenters: Andrew DeVigal, Chair in Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement, University of Oregon; Andaiye Taylor, founder and editor,; Jim Brady, founder and CEO, Philadelphia's Billy Penn; and Cynthia Perez, executive director, Hispanic Families Network, Dallas Morning News Facebook Project.

Tuesday May 3, 2016

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. What’s Now and Next: Digital Media and Tech Trends. Speaker: Amy Webb, founder, Future Today Institute

11:00 a.m. – noon. Virtual Reality: Storytelling Techniques for Journalists and Civic Leaders to Advance Important Community Issues. Speakers: Raney Aronson-Rath, Frontline; Mitch Gelman, Senior Fellow of Media and Technology, Newseum; and Sam Dolnick, associate editor, The New York Times. Moderator: Shazna Nessa, journalism program director, Knight Foundation.

12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Closing Luncheon. Featuring Alec Ross, technology policy expert and author of “The Industries of the Future”

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