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Trust, Media and Democracy
People need trusted news and information to make democracy work.
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The Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy wants your insights. We see trust as necessary to democracy, yet trust in our national institutions, including the news media, has fallen to troublesome lows. Over the course of the next year, at a series of meetings across the country, we will be listening to a wide range of perspectives and deliberate about recommendations for practical steps forward. We'll share our work in progress here and take your ideas back to the Commission. In early 2019, we will publish our report. We have a lot of work to do–let's dig in and get it done together. For information on the 26-member Commission, run by the Aspen Institute and funded by the Knight Foundation, follow this link: https://www.aspeninstitute.org/programs/communications-and-society-program/knight-commission-trust-media-democracy/

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Alejandro de Onís
Director of Digital Strategy & Design @ Knight Foundation (opinions are my own)
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Knight Foundation
Supporting transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance technology innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. KF.org
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Andrew Sherry
VP comms @knightfdn. Former foreign correspondent, startup exec, online publisher.
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Nancy Watzman
Nancy Watzman is editor of Trust, Media & Democracy on Medium & director of strategic initiatives for Dot Connector Studio.
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Jessica Clark
Editor of Immerse.news—designed to spark creative discussion of emerging nonfiction storytelling—and founder/director of Dot Connector Studio.
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Rosemary D'Amour
Digital comms @knightfdn. Former @CIMA_Media & #mediadev. @BU_Tweets, @AmericanU grad. S'mores connoisseur. #goterriers
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Anusha A
Director of Communications @knightfdn - promoting informed and engaged communities
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Lauren Dickinson
Communications Officer @knightfdn. Past life in DC w/ @pewtrusts & @unfoundation. Just persisting, nevertheless, & trying to make momma proud. #GoNoles.
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Andrew Sherry
VP comms @knightfdn. Former foreign correspondent, startup exec, online publisher.
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Alberto Ibarguen
President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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Raney Aronson
Executive Producer @FRONTLINEpbs
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Eric Newton
Hoping for a fact-based future
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Richard Edelman
President and CEO of Edelman, a leading global communications marketing firm.
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John Battelle
A Founder of NewCo, Federated Media, sovrn Holdings, Web 2 Summit, Wired, Industry Standard; writer on Media, Technology, Culture, Business
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Tamar Wilner
Freelance journalist and researcher covering misinformation, fact-checking, science communication and the media. More at www.tamarwilner.com.
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Yuval Levin
Editor of National Affairs, Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
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Andrew Guess
Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
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Josh Stearns
Director, Public Square Program at the Democracy Fund. Journalism and democracy of, by and for the people. Formerly: @grdodge @freepress
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Francesca Tripodi
Sociologist and media scholar studying Wikipedia, Google, and other participatory media platforms. @ftripodi / www.ftripodi.com
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Jonathan Ladd
Jonathan Ladd is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Government at Georgetown University. He is author of Why Americans Hate the Media and How it Matters.
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The Aspen Institute
Exploring ideas. Inspiring conversations on issues that matter.
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Ethan Zuckerman
Center for Civic Media, MIT Media Lab, Global Voices, Berkman Center. Author of Rewire, published by W.W. Norton RT ≠ endorsement, RT = interesting read.
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Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy
Our democracy is suffering: misinformation is rampant, the news ecosystem is changing rapidly, and mistrust in the press is rising. We want your ideas on what w
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Steven Waldman
President and Co-Founder of Report for America. Previously co-founded Beliefnet, LifePosts; worked at Newsweek, FCC, AmeriCorps.
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Craig Silverman
Media editor of BuzzFeed News. Founded Emergent.info and RegretTheError.com
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4 Members of the EU’s HLG on ‘Fake News’
Clara Jiménez Cruz, Alexios Mantzarlis, Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, & Claire Wardle*
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Samantha Bradshaw
Samantha Bradshaw is a D.Phil. Candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute, a Researcher on the Computational Propaganda Project, and a Senior Fellow at the CIC.
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Steven Isenberg
Isenberg was a newspaper publisher, university president, professor, and NYC mayoral chief of staff. He is an honorary fellow of Worcester College, Oxford.
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Nathan Bomey
Business reporter for USA TODAY and author of AFTER THE FACT: The Erosion of Truth and the Inevitable Rise of Donald Trump (2018) and DETROIT RESURRECTED (2016)
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Brian Southwell
Director, Science in the Public Sphere @ RTI International, Faculty Member @ Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill, & Public Radio Professional @ WNCU (90.7 FM)
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Lauren Dickinson
Communications Officer @knightfdn. Past life in DC w/ @pewtrusts & @unfoundation. Just persisting, nevertheless, & trying to make momma proud. #GoNoles.
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Democratic Knowledge Project
Distributed Research and Action Lab at Harvard University | Principal Investigator: Danielle Allen | democraticknowledge.fas.harvard.edu
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Dr. Gleb Tsipursky
Best-selling author, consultant, coach, speaker on #decisionmaking and #leadership; CEO, Disaster Avoidance Experts http://disasteravoidanceexperts.com/
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Center for Media Engagement
Researching commercially viable and democratically beneficial ways to improve journalism.
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WURD Radio
PA’s only Black-owned news-talk radio station - interactive, info-based dialogue founded on community, empowerment, & impact. #onWURD
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Jonathan Zittrain
Prof. @Harvard_Law, @HSEAS, @Kennedy_School + @BerkmanCenter for Internet & Society; @EFF board member; a small creature who likes to run around in universities
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Jennifer Preston
Vice President, Journalism at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where we support informed and engaged communities.
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Christopher David Yung
Donald Bren Chair of Non-Western Strategic Thought and Director of East Asian Studies, U.S. Marine Corps University
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Miranda Spivack
Miranda Spivack is the Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University and an independent journalist for revealnews.org
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Kevin Loker
Journalism research and partnerships @AmPress.
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dana coester
singularity geek with a fashion sense, women of technology, chicken little. Ozarks meets Appalachia. Executive Editor for 100 Days in Appalachia
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Chris Horne
Sixth degree black belt in Shaq-fu. Gave up Lent for bacon. Publisher of The Devil Strip. JSK Journalism Fellow at Stanford, Class of 2019. Lucky dude.
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Tim Marema
Tim Marema is vice president of the Center for Rural Strategies and editor of the Daily Yonder, Rural Strategies' rural news platform. www.dailyyonder.com
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Science & the Media
Working to advance civic participation, solve problems and empower communities. Exploring all the connections. By Louise Lief.
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Aspen Institute
Exploring ideas. Inspiring conversations on issues that matter.
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Kevin Vallier
Professor of Philosophy & Author of Must Politics Be War? Restoring Our Trust in the Open Society (Oxford UP 2018) // kevinvallier.com
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Ryan Muldoon
Ryan Muldoon is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University at Buffalo - SUNY. He is the author of Social Contract Theory for a Diverse World.
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Amanda Ripley
Author of The Smartest Kids in the World (2013) and The Unthinkable (2008) Journalist for Time Magazine, The Atlantic; Emerson Senior Fellow
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Emily Roseman
Curious about business models for local news, info ecosystems, and email newsletters.
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Sam Gill
VP/Communities & Impact @knightfdn.
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Mike Caulfield
Teaches web literacy and other things. Recent book: Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers.
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Joe Amditis
Joe is the associate director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University and the host of the WTF Just Happened Today? podcast.
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Elizabeth Green
Cofounder, CEO & Editor @Chalkbeat. Cofounder & board chair, @JournalismProj. Author, Building a Better Teacher.
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Melissa Milios Davis
VP for Strategic Communications @GatesFamilyFDN. Exploring sustainable solutions for digital journalism @CO_MediaProject.
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Karen Rundlet
Director @KnightFdn • Tweets = business, tech, #journalism & 305 (Miami mischief) Previous: @MiamiHerald @NBCNewYork @WLRN @WPLGLocal10 A patty not an empanada.
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Deb Roy
Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab, Chief Media Scientist at Twitter
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cortico
A media analytics nonprofit hosted by @medialab's @socialmachines | Mission: foster a healthy public sphere | We're hiring, 📥 come join our team!
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Becca Lewis
I research media manipulation and political digital media at Stanford and Data & Society.
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Matt Grossmann
Political Scientist and Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University; Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center
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Olivier Kamanda
Director, Learning & Impact Strategy at Knight Foundation; former White House Presidential Innovation Fellow; civic-tech evangelist, CEO @IdealImpact
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Gene Policinski
President/COO of the Freedom Forum Institute, which includes the First Amendment Center, Religious Freedom Center, NewseumED, diversity and special programs.
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Damian Radcliffe
Chambers Professor in Journalism @uoregon | Fellow @TowCenter @CardiffJomec @theRSAorg | Write @wnip @ZDNet | Host Demystifying Media podcast https://itunes.app
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BGrueskin
Journalist, via Palo Alto, Rome, Standing Rock, Baltimore, Tampa, Miami, WSJ, Bloomberg. Now teaching @Columbia, @Stanford in NY
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Kathleen Kiely
Lee Hills Chair in Free Press Studies, Missouri School of Journalism. I commit journalism and aid and abet others in doing the same.
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Sarah Lutman
Founder, 8 Bridges Workshop
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Daniela Gerson
Ass’t Prof @CSUNJournalism and Senior Fellow @CCEMNewmarkJ. Co-creator #MigratoryNotes. Subscribe for free: https://bit.ly/2tkethJ @dhgerson
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James Breiner
Entrepreneurial journalism, periodismo emprendedor, multimedia. Work with Tec of Monterrey, ICFJ, FNPI, Poynter, Bizjournals. http://newsentrepreneurs.com
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Daniel Bevarly
Daniel Bevarly, the E.D. of the National Freedom of Information Coalition (nfoic.org) builds bridges between state FOI coalitions, journalists and S/L govt.
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Zeynep Tufekci
Thinking about our tools, ourselves. Assistant prof at UNC iSchool. Princeton CITP fellow, Harvard Berkman faculty associate, Sociology.