Expanding Coverage: News and Information to Enhance Community Health

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 12:00am - Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 12:00am
Los Angeles, CA

On Dec. 4-5, the USC Annenberg School of Journalism -- in collaboration with The California Endowment and Media Impact Funders -- will host Expanding Coverage: News and Information to Enhance Community Health.

This is an event for funders. Please RSVP to cahealth@usc.edu

This convening of foundation and journalism thought leaders explores the critical role of media in engaging with and serving marginalized communities. We will learn about creative storytelling approaches, including many supported by philanthropies, that give community members a greater voice in civic life.

The convening also will offer new insights to foundations focused on public welfare, health and well-being and community engagement.

The first day of the forum (Dec. 4) will feature media innovators and foundation thinkers. On Dec. 5, we will hold an intimate half-day meeting with foundation leaders to brainstorm about best practices and ideas for next steps.  

In a democracy, journalism can serve the public interest by fostering public engagement, identifying chronic ills, and planting the seeds for positive change.  But many journalists are also guilty of "hit and run" journalism. They expose problems in disadvantaged communities and then move on to the next story -- without engaging the communities themselves in crafting solutions.

Do the conventions of crusading journalism lend themselves to helping make lasting change in underserved communities? What are the best journalism and new media models for doing so? Given the contraction of mainstream journalism and the historically limited resources of community-based media, what new approaches can be most effective, and how can foundations identify and support them? Among the topics we will be discussing in December are:


* New models for journalism and community engagement 
* Redefining community engagement for newsrooms and new media start-ups 
* Measuring impact: Foundation and Journalism Perspectives 

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This funder convening is hosted by USC Annenberg's California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a professional education program that has trained more than 500 journalists nationally since 2005 while providing grants for reporting on health and underserved communities. The USC Annenberg program was co-founded by the late Dennis A. Hunt, in whose honor this convening is held. Dennis saw journalism as a way to tell overlooked stories and to help create conditions for change.  

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a provocative and thoughtful gathering. For an advance look at the agenda, click here.  

Please feel free to e-mail Michelle Levander (USC Annenberg Cal Endow Fellowships) at levander@usc.edu  or Vince Stehle (Media Impact Funders) at vince@mediafunders.org with any questions.