Informed & Engaged

Informed & Engaged is a Knight Foundation show that unpacks the ideas and solutions impacting the changing media landscape. 

Hosted by the Knight Journalism team.


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Ep. 18: What to expect after the unexpected: 2021 predictions

With each new year comes a sweeping new sentiment of hope. But will 2021 look any different from 2020? On Episode 18 of “Informed and Engaged”, the Knight Foundation partners with the Nieman Journalism Lab and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University to share 2021 predictions for journalism and informed communities. How do some of the smartest […]
Ep. 18: What to expect after the unexpected: 2021 predictions

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Ep. 17: How are our information ecosystems holding up? A post-election check-in

Only 36 hours after voting ends, we’ll check in on the resilience of news organizations and social media platforms to meet the moment amidst an unprecedented election. On episode 17 […]
Ep. 17: How are our information ecosystems holding up? A post-election check-in

Ep. 16: Barriers to the ballot box

As the American voting system changes, the promise of fair and free elections is increasingly under threat — especially for America’s communities of color. On Episode 16 of “Informed & Engaged,” we’ll speak with Susan Smith […]
Ep. 16: Barriers to the ballot box

Episode 15: Rebuilding local news

The pandemic has accelerated the decline of local news and created an imminent information crisis, leaving 36,000 newsroom workers laid off, furloughed or facing significant pay cuts. What role should the federal government play in rebuilding the industry? On Episode 15 of […]
Episode 15: Rebuilding local news

Ep. 14: On The Front Lines: The 2020 Campaign Reporters

Just over five weeks until election day, how are journalists covering an unprecedented election season and getting accurate voter perspectives? Between a pandemic, historic levels of mail-in and absentee voting, questions about accurate state polling and limited candidate events […]
Ep. 14: On The Front Lines: The 2020 Campaign Reporters

Ep. 13: Hope and optimism for the next gen. journalists

The next generation of journalists is facing major challenges in the years ahead — from organized disinformation campaigns to the public’s declining trust in the media. But there have never been more opportunities, tools or platforms to […]
Ep. 13: Hope and optimism for the next gen. journalists

Ep. 12: Black voices: The stories that need to be told

In the wake of George Floyd’s killing and subsequent protests, journalists are having their own reckoning on how their newsrooms have upheld systemic racism. Some major outlets have announced new teams devoted to covering race and systemic oppression. But what does research show about the experiences […]
Ep. 12: Black voices: The stories that need to be told

Ep. 11: How the media can help during a chaotic election

For the media, this is the most challenging election in modern American history. Journalists are preparing to cover a presidential race that’s impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, mail-in voting concerns, misinformation on social media — and election night could turn into weeks over disputed results. On Episode 11 […]

Ep. 11: How the media can help during a chaotic election

Ep. 10: Your 2020 Election Plan is Toast

Election night is often a late one in U.S. newsrooms. Journalists spend hours double and triple checking data and results, crafting headlines and producing live reports from candidates campaign headquarters. But the pandemic of 2020 has changed and possibilities. What was once “election night” could end up […]
Ep. 10: Your 2020 Election Plan is Toast

Ep. 9: Investing in journalism entrepreneurship

This year, newsrooms are facing increased pressures to ramp up their businesses, address organizational inequities, and close a growing digital divide. . What does this mean for people supporting journalism entrepreneurship? How can funders and philanthropists strategically invest to disrupt the current state of the industry? On Episode 9 […]

Ep. 9: Investing in journalism entrepreneurship

Ep. 8: Women of color in the White House press corps

For years, the White House press corps has been the public’s way to help hold our powerful officials accountable, up to and including the President — and as our country changes, it’s important that the […]


Ep. 8: Women of color in the White House press corps

Ep. 7: The weight of inequity in newsrooms

This episode of Informed & Engaged features a conversation with Michelle Ye He Lee, President of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), and the co-founder of the Journalists of Color Slack channel, Aaron Williams and what BIPOC colleagues are saying about the unprecedented moment […]

Ep. 7: The weight of inequity in newsrooms

Ep. 6: Racism’s reach in communities

On Episode 6 of Informed & Engaged, a weekly Knight Journalism show, leaders of two of the largest organizations for journalists of color will join us to discuss the heightened race awareness we’re seeing amid COVID-19 and our country’s current moment of racial reckoning. We’ll hear from Hugo Balta, President […]

Ep. 6: Racism’s reach in communities

Ep 5: Collaborative journalism that serves

On Episode 5 of Informed & Engaged, we’re diving into the types of collaboration — from sourcing to storytelling — that are driving impact in Philadelphia. We’ll hear from Roxann Stafford, managing director of the Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund, who […]


Ep 5: Collaborative journalism that serves

Ep. 4: A changing media landscape

On Episode 4 of Informed & Engaged, we’ll have a conversation with three industry innovators about the transition and motivation in making a move to leadership roles at nonprofit news organizations from commercial organizations. […]

Ep. 4: A changing media landscape

Ep. 3: Racism in immigrant communities

The rising Black Lives Matter movement is inspiring important conversations around racism in immigrant communities — and shaping how journalists report on race issues, police brutality and other important topics. On Episode 3 of Informed & Engaged, four journalists, Tanzina Vega, Karen Attiah, Karen Attiah and Fabiola Santiago […]

Ep. 3: Racism in immigrant communities

Ep. 2: Shifting Tech Trends in the Age of COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic and rising Black Lives Matter protest movement have both increased opportunities for news organizations to embrace emerging technologies. Join us in a conversation with Amy Webb, one of America’s leading futurists, and Sam Guzik, product director at Hearst Newspapers, […]


Ep. 2: Shifting Tech Trends in the Age of COVID-19

Ep. 1: A moment of reckoning

A Moment of Reckoning: How Journalism Can Begin to Dismantle Its Systems of Racism (Monday, June 15, 2020) The inaugural episode of Informed & Engaged, a new weekly Knight show on the ideas and solutions impacting the media landscape, kicked off with a conversation that meets the moment but remains long overdue. […]

Ep. 1: A moment of reckoning