Journalism & Media

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Introductory Remarks by MacArthur President Robert Gallucci at Preview Screening of "Electoral Dysfunction"

A film screening sponsored by MacArthur, The Brennan Center for Justice, the Joyce Foundation, and WTTW, the documentary "Electoral Dysfunction" takes an irreverent–but nonpartisan–look at the voting process and its impact on American democracy. Read More
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MacArthur Grantees Win Emmy Awards

MacArthur-supported programs P.O.V., Independent Lens, and Frontline were honored at this year’s News & Documentary Emmy Awards. Read More

"The Right to Vote"

From The New York Times
Featuring an op-doc produced by MacArthur-supported Center for Independent Documentary
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Ira Glass on the Role of Public Media

Ira Glass, host of This American Life, discusses the role of public media in sharing unique stories. This American Life is weekly a public radio show produced by WBEZ and broadcast to about 1.8 million ...

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Steve James on the Role of Public Media

Steve James, director and producer at Kartemquin Films, discusses the role of public media in sharing individual stories. Kartemquin Films has been making documentaries, like Hoop Dreams and The Interrupters, that examine and critique society through ...

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Paul Steiger on the Role of Public Media

Paul Steiger, editor-in-chief of ProPublica, discusses the role of public media in stimulating positive change. ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. For 30 years, the MacArthur Foundation has ...

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David Fanning on the Role of Public Media

David Fanning, executive producer of FRONTLINE, discusses the role of public media in sharing nonpartisan, compelling stories. FRONTLINE is a PBS documentary series that produces powerful reporting on difficult and controversial topics. For 30 years, MacArthur ...

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Wendy Levy on the Role of Public Media

Wendy Levy, co-founder of Sparkwise, discusses the role of public media in fostering community among audiences. Sparkwise is a web based data communication tool that collects and compares metrics to create a moving story. For 30 ...

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MacArthur Awards 19 Documentary Film Grants

The new grants represent MacArthur’s largest single year investment in documentaries, and they bring the total number of documentary films supported by the Foundation since 1985 to more than 300. Read More

Staff

Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
Portrait of Kathy K. Im

Kathy K. Im

Director
Portrait of Jennifer Humke

Jennifer Humke

Senior Program Officer
Portrait of Lauren Pabst

Lauren Pabst

Program Officer

Gwendolyn W. Bolling

Team Administrator

Susan M. Salaba

Program Administrator
Portrait of Maple Walker

Maple Walker

Team Coordinator

Media Contact

Portrait of Sean Harder

Sean Harder

Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Joanna Cohen

Program Officer, Evaluation