February 15, 2018 by Jessica Clark and Sarah Lutman
Sarah Lutman is a consultant for the Wyncote Foundation and Jessica Clark is research director for Media Impact Funders. Below they discuss how foundations that are new to funding journalism can get a better handle on trends and practices in the field, based on two new reports produced with support from the Wyncote Foundation.
February 27, 2017 by Jessica Clark and Sarah Lutman
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Public radio stations and producers have been central to the rising popularity of podcasting, as we documented in the recent Knight Foundation report “From Airwaves to Earbuds.” However, given the surge in commercial production and distribution companies, what will it take to maintain a flourishing ecosystem for public interest podcasts?
January 26, 2017 by Jessica Clark and Sarah Lutman
Photo by Patrick Breitenbach on Flickr.
Podcasting and other forms of on-demand audio have the potential to foster a media landscape that lifts up the hidden stories and absent narratives of our diverse society, that reflects local communities, and that provides an open and accessible platform for innovation that can serve democracy’s future generations. But realizing that public-interest potential will take work, vision and compromise.
In the “From Airwaves to Earbuds” report, we reflect on lessons learned from in-depth conversations with Knight Foundation partners working to advance new and public-interest programming in the rapidly evolving arena of podcasting and on-demand audio. Because these partners include both public broadcasters, supported by grants, and for-profit companies, which received investments from the Knight Enterprise Fund, they provide valuable insights into the fast-growing field of podcasting.