Podcasting and Philanthropy

Marquette Ballroom III

Podcasting is a relatively new media format, but it is already demonstrating extraordinary impact. With support from philanthropy, public media is leading the way in this format with deep investigations, powerful stories, and an increasing diversity of creative voices. At the same time, foundations can themselves employ podcasting as a way of telling their own stories and engaging grantees and other thought leaders in lively discourse about social change. In this session, attendees will hear from Samara Freemark, whose In The Dark podcast delves into the story of Curtis Flowers, a Mississippi man who, based on flimsy testimony amid extraordinary examples of prosecutorial abuse, has been tried six times for a grisly murder. The session will also discuss how National Public Radio approaches podcasting, and attendees will hear how the Heinz Endowments develops the thoughtful weekly podcasting series, We Can Be: Stories of Community & Possibility, hosted by Heinz President Grant Oliphant.

Breakout session