Knight Media Forum

Knight Media Forum
February 25, 2019 paperlesslion

A two-day convening on the future news, community and democracy in America, the Knight Media Forum is the most important annual gathering of journalists, funders, information theorists and others interested in the future of the news media in this country. And this year its mission is more crucial than ever, as trust in the media continues to decline, as local newsrooms shrink, as news deserts expand and as the threat these changes pose for democracy becomes abundantly clear.

The Knight Media Forum will be convening leading experts at both the local and national level to explore solutions to assure that all citizens receive accurate, reliable news and information that serves the needs of their diverse communities.

Detroit Public TV will be live streaming the conference on February 26-27 and providing it to organizations free of charge. The coverage begins tomorrow — Tuesday, Feb. 26 — at 9:15 a.m and goes through Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Speakers include:

  • David Brooks — Columnist, The New York Times
  • danah boyd — Founder and President, Data & Society
  • Grant Oliphant — President, The Heinz Endowments

Anchoring the coverage is Emmy-winning journalist, Hari Sreenivasan, host of “PBS NewsHour Weekend” and the national public television show “SciTech Now.”

The forum will spotlight the people and projects working to address these challenges, highlighting innovative experiments in local journalism and ways to increase trust in media. Knight Foundation just announced it’s doubling its investment in strengthening journalism to $300 million over the next five years, with a focus on building the future of local news. Several key grantee partners will be represented at the forum.

For context, read the recommendations from the Aspen Institute/Knight Commission on Trust Media and Democracy, and about Knight’s $300 million commitment to local news.


Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. They invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Their goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which they believe are essential for a healthy democracy.