What is journalism now, and what should it be?

In this Remaking the Economy webinar conversation, developed in partnership with the Institute for Nonprofit News the panelists discuss the state of journalism and explore how it can advance economic justice. Featuring Jourdan Bennett-Begaye (Diné) (ICT, formerly Indian Country Today), Derrick Cain (Resolve Philly), and Crystal Good (Black by God/The West Virginian) the speakers explore the growth of nonprofit publications; changes in what counts as journalism; and the rise of Black, Indigenous and people of color leadership.

Additionally, these community-based journalism leaders also respond to range of questions, including the following:

  • What is journalism now?
  • What should journalism and what stories should journalism tell?
  • What does community-based media look like and how does it stay accountable to the people it is trying to reach?
  • What are effective strategies that journalism can use to promote economic justice and hold public officials and private corporations accountable?
  • How can community and nonprofit media effective address the growing menace of disinformation?
  • What is the ecosystem of support that enables nonprofit and community-based media to thrive?



Steve Baron, “How the Resolve Philly collaborative makes news partnerships work: It’s all about the jawn,” Lake City, MI: Local Media Association, November 10, 2020,

Susanna Dilliplane, INN Index 2023: Index Report on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Nonprofit News Sector, Beverly Hills, CA: Institute for Nonprofit News, 2023.

Steve Dubb, “Indian Country Today’s Future Is Bright after Near-Death Experience,” NPQ, June 16, 2021.

John W. Miller, “‘Black by God’ Tells a Fresh Story for West Virginia,” Moundsville, PBS Film and Magazine, March 8, 2022.