The Rise of Philanthropy-Media Partnerships


Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

Information comes quickly in the modern era of 24-hour news cycles and social media, but it isn’t always accurate. Facts that matter require in-depth and often costly investigative journalism, and funders have been stepping in to fill the gaps with grants and support. How do funders and newsrooms work together to serve the public interest? And what are the risks and potential rewards for these partnerships?

A panel of funders, editors and media experts shared their firsthand experiences in philanthropy-media partnerships, lessons learned and why these partnerships are necessary to build public awareness and greater understanding of important stories that otherwise may go untold.


David Bodney, Partner at Ballard Spahr and leading First Amendment lawyer
Nicole Carroll, Vice President/News and Executive Editor of The Arizona Republic and
Gene D’Adamo, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
Eric Newton, Innovation Chief of Cronkite News and former executive of the Knight Foundation

Moderator: Lisa Dancsok, Chief Brand and Impact Officer of the Arizona Community Foundation