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The Media Impact Forum
Session 5

Beyond Science and the Environment: Trustworthy Media for a Healthy Democracy

Wednesday, June 16

1-2:30 p.m. ET

Register now for Session 5
Throughout our Media Impact Forum until now, we have been focusing on the importance of supporting media and communications efforts that provide access to information that will help people make good decisions concerning science, health and the environment.

Now, for our final program, we explore the critical role that trustworthy news and information can play in support of a healthy democracy. In the past year, we have learned how fragile is public trust in the information sources that deliver basic information for good public health and sound environmental policies. We may be weary and worn from battling the yearlong pandemic, but there’s another sickness that’s been spreading across America for at least the last four years: Authoritarianism.

The deadly Capitol attack was not just the result of a violent mob. On Jan. 6, we survived a malicious attempt to undermine American democracy. Because of the last four years of disinformation and lies, millions of Americans truly believe the presidential election was stolen. We’ve come to the unfortunate and stark realization that democracy can die in darkness.

But media can light the way, and philanthropy can play a significant role in the health of our democracy by supporting the flow of evidence-based media and communications. In a healthy democracy, citizens and government are making well-informed decisions about the most critical social issues of our time—many of them relating to science, health and the environment—based on factual information. If the yearlong pandemic has showed us anything, it’s that we cannot make progress on society’s biggest problems without agreeing on a shared set of facts. It follows, then, that we won’t be able to expect informed dialogue and progress on climate change or any other critical social issue.

In this high-level discussion, our expert speakers will demonstrate why it’s important for philanthropy to engage deeply in support of the media ecosystem through journalism, documentaries, public media and more. There is no stronger case for increasing critical support for media and journalism than this unprecedented attempt to undermine our democratic processes. 

Please join us for an enlightening conversation exploring democracy and media that highlights the importance of telling stories that celebrate America's unique blend of culture from around the world.


Jim Friedlich

Executive Director and CEO

The Lenfest Institute for Journalism

Thomas Allen Harris

Creator, Executive Producer & Host

Family Pictures USA

Crystal Hayling

Executive Director

The Libra Foundation

Jay Rosen

Associate Professor of Journalism

Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University

Sadia Zaman


Inspirit Foundation

Alaphia Zoyab

Advocacy Director


Register now for Session 5
Here's what you may have missed ...

Session 1 | Addressing vaccine hesitancy

Watch the recording.

Session 2 | Mastering vaccine messaging: Funder strategies & collaborations

Watch the recording.

Session 3 | The path toward more inclusive science communications.

Watch the recording.

Session 4 | Environmental journalism: Building evidence-based reporting initiatives toward a healthy planet

Thanks to our supporters
This event is made possible by support from the Rita Allen Foundation, the College Futures Foundation, the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, and the Wyncote Foundation
Copyright © 2021 Media Impact Funders, All rights reserved.

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