At #ONA15: Funders Share Emerging Strategies for Supporting Local and Ethnic Reporting

MIF and Southern California Grantmakers held a convening of funders on Saturday, September 26 at the Annenberg Foundation’s Skylight Studios. We explored how the Dodge and McCormick foundations, California Endowment, and public station KPCC are effectively engaging diverse local news audiences.


  1. MIF Executive Director Vince Stehle kicked off the conversation with a trailer from a hard-hitting documentary that was screening in LA the same weekend as our discussion.
  2. Molly de Aguiar of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Jennifer Choi of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation shared highlights from the creative and collaborative news experiments that they're supporting in New Jersey and Chicago.
  3. ONA Executive Director Jane McDonnell and Deputy Director Irving Washington took a few moments away from their own busy conference schedule to welcome attendees and share big news about a new grant that will help the association boost local journalism: