Diversity Reboot Summit

Our Shared Responsibility to Help Save Diverse and Local Media

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Our Shared Responsibility to Help Save Diverse and Local Media

With our nation struggling to respond to the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in our political, economic, and civic life, reversing the death spiral of diverse and local media is essential to our nation emerging from the current crisis as a more resilient democracy. At risk is access to trusted local and diverse news sources for critical and often life-saving information. This is especially true for underserved communities who would otherwise be without a watch dog for government, civic and corporate accountability and without awareness of the social, economic, and political events controlling their lives. Policymakers, business community leaders, and the general public now have a unique opportunity to work together to develop consensus-based solutions to ensure that local and diverse media makes it through and emerges stronger post COVID-19.Our blue star panel will share insights on current advocacy efforts and industry actions to address the crisis, and, more importantly, how Corporate America can support their efforts. Moderated by David Morgan, MMCA Co-Founder and President, panelists will include Juan Señor, President London, Innovation Media Group; Steve Waldman, President and Co-Founder, Report for America; Tracie Powell, Program Officer, Racial Equality in Journalism Fund at Borealis Philanthropy; David Chavern, President and CEO, News Media Alliance; and Carrie Fox, Founder and CEO of Mission Partners. Sponsored by MMCA.

Meet The Speakers

Juan Señor
Juan Señor
President, INNOVATION Media Consulting Group

Juan Señor is the President of INNOVATION Media Consulting Group in London - one the world's leading news media consultancies. He has worked with and advised hundreds of media companies on every continent directing transformative projects. He also serves on the Advisory Board of several media groups. He is also a former Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. He has been listed as one of 'The World's Leading Innovators' in Journalism and Media' by Journalism UK. Mr. Señor is a highly-sought commentator on the media industry, speaking at global forums and quoted frequently in leading publications such as The Economist and The Financial Times. He is co-editor of two annuals books; Innovation in News Media and Innovation in Media, written on behalf of WAN-IFRA and the FIPP respectively. Altogether he has edited 32 books. He worked for seven years as a war and conflict reporter for PBS's NewsHour. He then became a presenter for EBN-Wall Street Journal TV and CNBC Europe. And he served as London correspondent of International Herald Tribune Television then owned by The New York Times and The Washington Post. His work has been nominated for an EMMY and his television programme, Media Report, was voted by viewers as Europe’s Best Business Programme. He continues to work as a live event and television host and presenter. He has hosted the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for 14 years, Reinvention Festival for a decade.

Steven Waldman
Steven Waldman
President and Co-Founder of Report for America

Steven Waldman is the President and Co-Founder of Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project. He crafted the plan for it after authoring the Federal Communications Commission landmark report “Information Needs of Communities,” which NPR described as “one of the most comprehensive overviews of the U.S. media ever produced.” An experienced entrepreneur, he co-founded the multi-faith religion website Beliefnet.com, which won the National Magazine Award, and LifePosts.com, a platform for online memorials. Earlier, he was National Editor of U.S. News & World Report and National Correspondent for Newsweek. He was Senior Advisor to the CEO of the Corporation for National Service and wrote a book on the creation of AmeriCorps called "The Bill." He's also the author of the national bestseller, "Founding Faith." Steve is on the Board of Directors of The GroundTruth Project.

Tracie Powell
Tracie Powell
Program Officer, Racial Equality in Journalism Fund at Borealis Philanthropy
Tracie Powell is Program Officer for the Racial Equity in Journalism (REJ) Fund at Borealis Philanthropy. Tracie is the founder of AllDigitocracy.org, which focuses on the media, its intersection with technology and how both impact diverse communities. She was most recently a Senior Fellow with the Democracy Fund, where she worked on the Public Square initiative that seeks to support informed dialogue through nonprofit journalism investments. Tracie is also a 2016 JSK (Knight) Fellow at Stanford University and has written regularly for the Columbia Journalism Review, Poynter and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and The University of Georgia (Athens).
Carrie  Fox
Carrie Fox
Founder & CEO, Mission Partners

Carrie Fox is the founder and CEO of Mission Partners, a woman-owned strategic communications firm and Certified B Corporation that guides high-potential nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible corporations in realizing their greatest impact. Since launching her first company in 2004, she has guided hundreds of organizations around the world to lead with purpose, fueling organizations and their missions forward in new and more impactful ways. Carrie served as the creative visionary behind a nationwide campaign to transform the foster care system for young people aging out of care and she was the lead communications strategist behind a $10 million prize competition aimed at advancing global technology for more fuel-efficient vehicles. Her strategic communications work focuses deeply on issues of community— from social justice to sustainability, children’s health, higher education, and workforce development. Her signature approach to asset-based messaging—leading with a community’s strengths rather than its weaknesses—has been applied to dozens of social impact organizations, challenging stereotypes and breaking bias in the process. She has facilitated more than 100 visioneering sessions, communications trainings and workshops for purpose-driven leaders, Boards of Directors, universities, associations and foundations, and she is the founder of the innovative Social Impact Fellows program at Loyola University.

David Chavern
David Chavern
President & CEO, News Media Alliance

David Chavern is president and CEO of News Media Alliance, the news industry’s largest trade organization. David joined the Alliance as president and CEO in October 2015. In addition to developing an entirely new brand and identity for the organization, Chavern has been intensely focused on telling the powerful – and optimistic – story of the news industry and offering members new products that help them run their businesses better every day. He has been called an activist for the news industry by a national media columnist: a title that he embraces proudly. Chavern has built a career spanning 30 years in executive strategic and operational roles, and most recently completed a decade-long tenure at the United States Chamber of Commerce. From 2014 to 2015, he served as the President of the Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation at the Chamber. From 2007 through 2014, Chavern was the Chamber’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations and long-term planning for the 500-person advocacy organization. Chavern helped to substantially grow total revenues and successfully guided the organization through intense scrutiny from both the media and activists. He also managed revenue growth and expense reductions and ended the 2013 fiscal year with the best financial performance in the Chamber’s 100-year history.

David Morgan
David Morgan
Managing Partner, D. Morgan & Partners and Co-Founder & President, MMCA

Mr. Morgan is managing partner of D. Morgan & Partners, a government relations and public affairs firm at the center of business and the political system. Prior to launching the firm, Mr. Morgan served for almost ten years as Vice President Government Affairs for the American Express Company. Notably, Mr. Morgan is President and co-founder of the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization committed to moving the needle on media diversity. In addition, he is co-founder of the National Infrastructure Investment Alliance, a coalition comprised of investment and development industry leaders helping local governments secure financing and technical assistance for their priority public-private-partnership and Opportunity Zone projects.