Investing in the future of independent journalism (Sept. 2022)
The GFMD coorganised this event at the IPI World Conference in collaboration with the IPI and Media Impact Funders.

Funder's roundtable: Investing in the future of independent journalism

Date: 09 September, 2022
Time: 11:30 - 15:00 ET / 16:30 - 20:00 BST / 17:30 - 21:00 CET
Format: Hybrid meeting
A recording of the event is available here:
The roundtable was a side event to IPI’s 2022 World Congress, which ran from September 8 to 10 at Columbia University.


Welcome remarks (11:30 - 11:35)

Timothy Large, Director of Independent Media Programmes, International Press Institute Vincent Stehle, Executive Director, Media Impact Funders Mira Milosevic, Executive Director, Global Forum for Media Development

Introduction and overview (11:35 - 11:45)

Anya Schiffrin, Director, Technology, Media, and Communications at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs

Fishbowl discussion (11:45 - 13:00)

Moderator: Anya Schiffrin
  • Part 1 (11:45 - 12:10): Why invest in independent media? How can traditional business models be applied and adapted to the media environment? How do we define success?
Duc Luu, Director of Sustainability Initiatives/Journalism, Knight Foundation Tracie Powell, Founder, The Pivot Fund Gerald Pambo-Awich, Investment Officer, Mission Investments, Ford Foundation
  • Part 2 (12:10 - 12:35): How do we ensure that innovative investment and funding solutions are compatible with editorial independence and media freedom?
Harlan Mandel, CEO, Media Development Investment Fund Elizabeth Hansen Shapiro, CEO, National Trust for Local News Saša Vučinić, Co-founder, North Base Media VC Sharon Moshavi, President, International Center for Journalists
  • Part 3 (12:35 - 13:00): How can independent media gain the confidence of investors and secure capital?
Zoe Titus, Director, Namibia Media Trust Joanna Krawczyk, President, Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation Carlos Barrionuevo, Director, Public Media Company Jim Friedlich, Executive Director and CEO, Lenfest Institute for Journalism Branko Brkic, Editor-in-Chief, Daily Maverick
The rest of the roundtable will not be available online!
Networking lunch (13:00 - 14:00) Breakout groups (14:00 - 14:45) Conclusions (14:45-15:00)
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Welcome remarks (11:30 - 11:35)
Introduction and overview (11:35 - 11:45)
Fishbowl discussion (11:45 - 13:00)