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Guns in America: Newtown and a public health crisis

Please join us for a special screening of Kim Snyder's Newtown, followed by a panel discussion about the need for a public health approach to curbing gun violence in America.

Time: 4-6:30 p.m. EST
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 16
Place: Philanthropy New York | 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor | New York, NY
Cost: Free for Philanthropy New York/Media Impact Funders members; $150 for non-members

This is a special funders-only opportunity to preview the film before its national broadcast on PBS Independent Lens in the spring.
 
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Newtown, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, follows the community of Newtown, Conn., in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, that left 20 children and six teachers dead. The film is a gripping exploration into a community’s profound grief and what happens after it becomes the center of a national debate around gun violence.

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Funding at a glance


Since 2009, philanthropy has supported media focusing on gun violence in America:

With 27 grants
From 11 funders
To 21 recipients in the U.S.
For a total of $2.7 million
 
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Last week, we invited the producers and artists associated with three of our 2016 Media Impact Festival honorees—Hollow, The Counted and Question Bridge—to talk with us about their projects, which span a range of interactive techniques, participatory reporting, physical installations, and personalized digital experiences. If you're interested in learning more about the power of innovative storytelling, click on the image above.

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A new survey by the Center for Media and Social Impact (CMSI) and the International Documentary Association (IDA) reveals insights on the current state of the documentary field. Here are some of the key takeaways.

MIF executive director Vince Stehle makes the case for why funders should step up to protect journalism around the world.


Jim Friedlich, the new director of the nonprofit that now owns Philadelphia's two largest newspapers, lays out some of his strategies for a sustainable business model.

SMASH (Science Media Awards & Summit in the Hub), which celebrates exceptional science media and technological innovation, was held last week in Boston. Attendees explored new ways to communicate science to a global audience.
Nathalie Applewhite, managing director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, details the pioneering media partnership that resulted in an ad-free issue of the New York Times Magazine that featured only one story: "Fractured Lands."
 
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The new documentary ForEveryone.Net explores how Tim Berners-Lee came to create the World Wide Web. After a recent screening of the film at the Ford Foundation, Berners-Lee answered some questions about his invention, why access to the Internet is a human right, and what it really means for the Internet to be open “for everyone.”
 
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Assessing the impact of media

NPR's decision to remove comments from its site altogether highlights the difficulties in evaluating news engagement. MIF Research and Strategy Director Jessica Clark and Research and Development Consultant Katie Donnelly tell us what's next.

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