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Definition: The Field Foundation seeks to change how news production and storytelling reflect Chicago and create a more equitable, connected and inclusive local media ecosystem in which the stories of all Chicagoans are told accurately, fairly, authoritatively and contextually.
The Media & Storytelling program was created in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (MacArthur) following recommendations from African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American (ALAANA) journalists, media makers and storytellers who participated in a series of salons and individual meetings organized by Field in the summer and fall of 2018.
- Partnerships and collaborations
- Content creation
- Capacity building
- Training and leadership investment
- Rapid response funding
Goals: Create more just and inclusive narratives about Chicago that foster policy change; amplify the voices and impact of ALAANA journalists, media and storytellers in the local media landscape, and support more reporting and storytelling by traditional and alternative journalism platforms about the root causes of the city’s inequities.
*Media – The Field Foundation defines journalism as “the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information.” (Source: American Press Institute)
*Storytelling – The Field Foundation defines storytelling as the act of creating fact-based stories across mediums (from podcasts to documentaries) that offer perspectives that can change hearts, minds and potentially policy around pressing issues.
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Media & Storytelling White Paper
The Field Foundation’s Media & Storytelling program is informed by recommendations from African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American journalists, media makers and storytellers who participated in a series of salons and individual meetings organized by Field in the summer and fall of 2018. Read the report.