Remaking The Economy (12.09.2021)

Remaking the Economy: Information, the Media, and Economic Justice

Thursday, December 9th, at 2:00pm EST*

NPQ’s latest Remaking the Economy webinar takes on the question of the role in media in achieving economic justice. Traditional local media may be dying, but here we shine a light on the rise of nonprofit and co-op forms of local media—and explore how they are amplifying voice in communities of color and low-income communities. Our panelists are:

  • Candice Fortman, Executive Director of Outlier Media, a Detroit-based media outlet that aims to identify, report, and deliver valuable information to empower residents to hold landlords, municipal government, and elected officials accountable.
  • Darryl Holliday, Executive News Lab Director at City Bureau in Chicago. He's a Studs Terkel Award-winning journalist, founder of the Illustrated Press and a former reporter with DNAinfo Chicago.
  • Kevon Paynter, Executive Director and cofounder of Bloc by Block News Maryland, a Baltimore-based media cooperative owned by newsreaders and news producers that launched this year, with a mission to amplify local news and neighborhood voices.

This webinar will explore:

  • How do local nonprofit media and media co-ops address the shortfalls of traditional commercial media?
  • What are effective strategies that nonprofit and co-op media are using to promote economic justice and hold local officials accountable?
  • What is the current state of nonprofit media and media cooperatives? Where are the areas of growth? What challenges do they face?  
  • How are nonprofit media and media co-ops changing the way stories are sourced? What does citizen-based journalism look and feel like?
  • How are community media addressing the growing menace of disinformation?
  • What is the ecosystem of support that enables community media to thrive?
  • What steps can nonprofits and philanthropy take to support the growth of community-based media?

Whether you’re a social movement activist, nonprofit leader, board member, or engaged in community-based organizing, this webinar will provide you with real-life examples and lessons learned that can inform your work in your own community.

The moderator for this webinar is NPQ senior editor and economic justice program director Steve Dubb. Steve has worked with cooperatives and nonprofits for over two decades and has been both a student and practitioner in the field of community economic development.  

You can send your questions to to have them answered during the web event.


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*The recording and slides of this webinar will be available on the NPQ website 2-3 days after the live event.