Knight Media Forum 

Strengthening local news, community and democracy

FEBRUARY 26-27, 2019


The Knight Media Forum is the most important annual gathering of journalists, funders, information theorists and others interested in the future of the news media in this country.

And this year its mission is more crucial than ever, as trust in the media continues to decline, as local newsrooms shrink, as news deserts expand and as the threat these changes pose for democracy becomes abundantly clear.

The Knight Media Forum will be convening leading experts at both the local and national level to explore solutions to assure that all citizens receive accurate, reliable news and information that serves the needs of their diverse communities.

Detroit Public Television will be livestreaming the conference on February 26-27 and providing it free of charge to organizations concerned with the future of news and its impact on our democracy.

Anchoring the coverage is Emmy-winning journalist, Hari Sreenivasan, host of “PBS NewsHour Weekend” and the national public television show “SciTech Now.”

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Live-stream Schedule

Wednesday, February 26

9:15am - WELCOME
Alberto Ibargüen, President, Knight Foundation

9:30am - SESSION: The Fragmentation of Truth 
danah boyd, Founder and President, Data & Society

12:30pm - SESSION: The First Amendment And Communities: The View From Pittsburgh
Grant Oliphant, President, Heinz Endowments

2:00pm - SESSION: Replicating the success of the Texas Tribune through the American Journalism Project
Evan Smith, Texas Tribune, Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation and John Thornton, America Journalism Project. Moderated by Jeff Cohen, Arnold Ventures; Scribe: LuAnn Lovlin, The Winnipeg Foundation.

3:00pm - SESSION: Artificial Intelligence: What You Need To Know Right Now
Tim Hwang, Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative; Craig Newmark, Craig Newmark Philanthropies; Julia Angwin, The Markup. Moderated by Paul Cheung, Knight Foundation

4:00pm - SESSION: Smarter Cities: Using Technology To Engage Communities
Paulette Brown-Hinds, Voice Media Ventures; Josh McManus, For-Purpose; Aaron Renn, Manhattan Institute; Chaya Nayak, Facebook. Moderated by Sam Gill, Knight Foundation


Thursday, February 27

8:30am - SESSION: The Aspen Institute/knight Commission: A Roadmap To Rebuilding Trust In The Media
Charlie Sykes, The Bulwark, Raney Aronson, Frontline, Joanne Lipman, Author, Journalist, Mizell Stewart III, USA Today Network. Moderated by Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation

10:00am - SESSION: Funding Local News: Community Models for Success
Kathy Im, MacArthur Foundation and Darryl Holliday, City Bureau; Jim Friedlich, Lenfest and Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, Resolve Philadelphia; Mariam Noland, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and John Bebow, Center for Michigan; John Thornton, American Journalism Project. Moderated by Lilly Weinberg, Knight Foundation

11:20am - SESSION: Embedding information as a strategic component of a community foundation’s work
Michael Murphy, Cleveland Foundation; Chris Barge, Community Foundation Boulder County, Mauricio Palma, Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Moderated by: Lilly Weinberg, Knight Foundation; Scribe: LuAnn Lovlin, The Winnipeg Foundation.

12:45pm - CLOSING
David Brooks, Columnist, The New York Times

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