March 2 – 4, 2021: Amid national political polarization, a fractured media ecosystem, and a flood of misinformation on everything from the presidential election to the COVID vaccine, local news is more important than ever, one information source that can ground communities on a shared basis of fact. It’s also being reinvented, under extreme economic pressure. The 2021 Knight Media Forum brings together many of the practitioners and funders seeking to build a new local media that is sustainable and reflects the diversity of our nation. It’s also a place to engage with prominent panelists about ideas and trends shaping our society, media and democracy.
Cesar Conde, Chairman, NBCUniversal News Group
Isabel Wilkerson, author and journalist
Brad Smith, President, Microsoft President, with Alberto Ibargüen, Knight President
Henry Louis Gates Jr., Director, Hutchins Center, Harvard University with Thomas Chatterton Williams, Author and cultural critic
And … COLab Executive Director, Laura Frank joining in a conversation titled, “Stories from the Field: Funders and Local Journalism” on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.
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While the forum is geared towards foundation presidents and leaders in media and technology, the 2021 forum is online and open to all.