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This webinar from NPQ’s Remaking the Economy series takes on the question of the role in media in achieving economic justice. Two key elements: 1) community co-creation of content, 2) community accountability. In this webinar, you’ll learn about the community-based Documenters program that City Bureau in Chicago has developed, and which has spread to other outlets, including Outlier Media in Detroit. You’ll also learn about different strategies for community accountability, including the co-op structures that Bloc by Block News is developing in Baltimore, Maryland. Our panelists are:

  • Candice Fortman, Executive Director of Outlier Media, a Detroit-based media outlet that aims to identify, report, and deliver valuable information to empower residents to hold landlords, municipal government, and elected officials accountable.
  • Darryl Holliday, Executive News Lab Director at City Bureau in Chicago. He’s a Studs Terkel Award-winning journalist, founder of the Illustrated Press and a former reporter with DNAinfo Chicago.
  • Kevon Paynter, Executive Director, and cofounder of Bloc by Block News, a Baltimore-based media cooperative owned by newsreaders and news producers that launched this year, with a mission to amplify local news and neighborhood voices.

This webinar explores:

  • How do local nonprofit media and media co-ops address the shortfalls of traditional commercial media?
  • What are effective strategies that nonprofit and co-op media are using to promote economic justice and hold local officials accountable?
  • What is the current state of nonprofit media and media cooperatives? Where are the areas of growth? What challenges do they face?
  • How are nonprofit media and media co-ops changing the way stories are sourced? What does citizen-based journalism look and feel like?
  • How are community media addressing the growing menace of disinformation?
  • What is the ecosystem of support that enables community media to thrive?
  • What steps can nonprofits and philanthropy take to support the growth of community-based media?

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