2022 Reimagining Philadelphia Journalism Summit

Reimagining Philadelphia Journalism Summit

September 12-13, 2022

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

This hybrid event — in-person at the Loews Hotel Philadelphia in Center City, with the plenary sessions streaming online — will build upon the insights and hopes that surfaced during The Lenfest Institute’s virtual 2020 BEYOND Summit, which invited participants to build a collective vision of the future of journalism in Philadelphia. 

More than 200 people attended the 2020 BEYOND Summit, affirming the pressing need for news organizations that reflect and serve communities, center listening, and shift the posture of our news organizations to one of belonging. Learn directly from those who are developing practical strategies to address these aspirations, and join their cause. 

We hope you will join us at the Reimagining Philadelphia Journalism Summit to see how the conversation around news equity has evolved since 2020—where we’ve made progress and where we are still stuck.


Summit Schedule

Day One, Monday September 12: Laying out the issues and orienting toward solutions

• 8:30 a.m. Arrival

• 9 a.m. Breakfast

• 9:45 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

• 10:20 a.m.-11:05 a.m. Journalism Reimagined: A National Perspective

Discussing what journalism looks like from an equitable and sustainable point of view. Errin Haines, Editor-at-large of The 19th* and a Lenfest Institute Board member, will lead a conversation with:  

• 11:05-11:20 a.m. Break

11:20 a.m.-12:35 p.m. Journalism Reimagined: A Philadelphia Perspective

A panel discussion reflecting on what a reimagined journalism landscape looks like for Philadelphia.  What does the ecosystem gain from ensuring that diverse voices and perspectives are lifted up, and the tools to get there. Just Media Program Director Clarissa Brooks will lead a conversation with:

12:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m. Lunch

2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Journalism Reimagined: Intentions & Tensions on Engaging Philly Communities

Andrea Lawful-Sanders will lead an in-depth conversation exploring significant efforts by WHYY and 6abc to authentically engage with Philadelphia communities. She’ll be joined by:

3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.  Reimagining Journalism: Taking Action

Breakouts for participants to talk with particular experts about how news outlets and individual reporters/media makers, can take their next steps towards DEI/belonging/anti-racist practices. 

  • Vanessa Maria Graber, Free Press, News Voices Director
    • How to organize a community meeting to find out what your audiences really want
  • Bettina Escauriza, PhillyCAM, Coordinating News Producer
    • Engage residents to collaborate as reporters 
  • Nora Bryne, City Bureau, Documenters Network Resource and Engagement Coordinator
    • How to meaningfully engage residents in civic engagement with journalism at the center.   

• 4:45-5:15 p.m. Reconvene and close out Day One

5:15 p.m.-7 p.m. Happy Hour

Day Two, Tuesday September 13: What we’ve learned and what we can imagine together

  • 8:30 a.m. Arrival
  • 9:00 a.m.-10:20 a.m. Breakfast and Morning Session
  • 9:10 a.m.-9:20 a.m. Welcome Back/Recap
  • 9:20 a.m.- 10:20 a.m. Reimagining Audience: Landscaping the News Ecosystem

This conversation will highlight leading research into news ecosystems and how to best serve communities in Philadelphia and in cities around the United States. The discussion will be facilitated by Temple University professor Andrea Wenzel, and will feature:

10:20 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Break 

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Reimagining Revenue: Sustainability Panel
This session will look at BIPOC news & information media organizations to explore how they are supporting themselves while discussing ways to improve and further sustainable practices across various platforms. Conversation facilitated by Temple University professor Aron Pilhofer and will include

Break: 11:30 a.m. – 11:40 p.m.

• 11:40 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Reimagining Revenue part two: The Funder Panel

This session will explore the ways funders can help transform the journalistic capabilities of smaller organizations by implementing sustainable funding. Moderated by Jessica Clark, Dot Connector Studio’s Founder and Executive Director.

  • Shawn Mooring, Program Director, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism
  • Diana Lu, Director, Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund

• 1:30 p.m. Close Out

We’ll announce additional sessions in the coming weeks, and we look forward to sharing what we’ve learned and learning from all of you.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.