Articles by

Sarah Lutman

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    SpringBOX is already becoming a lively and welcoming hub and home that can incubate creative activity and spur civic action. In this new model of the public square, artists can support civic leaders in their efforts to discover participatory processes and creative approaches to community change and development, resulting in a place to live, work, and play that is nourishing and exciting.
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    Sarah Lutman is a consultant for the Wyncote Foundation and Jessica Clark is research director for Media Impact Funders. Below they discuss how foundations that are new to funding journalism can get a better handle on trends and practices in the field, based on two new reports produced with support from the Wyncote Foundation.
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    Podcasting and other forms of on-demand audio have the potential to foster a media landscape that lifts up the hidden stories and absent narratives of our diverse society, that reflects local communities, and that provides an open and accessible platform for innovation that can serve democracy’s future generations. But realizing that public-interest potential will take work, vision and compromise.In the “From Airwaves to Earbuds” report, we reflect on lessons learned from in-depth conversations with Knight Foundation partners working to advance new and public-interest programming in the rapidly evolving arena of podcasting and on-demand audio. Because these partners include both public broadcasters, supported by grants, and for-profit companies, which received investments from the Knight Enterprise Fund, they provide valuable insights into the fast-growing field of podcasting.