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On Tuesday, April 6, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and the Harris School of Public Policy hosted the second session in the Perspectives in Philanthropy event series, which addressed an issue of deep concern to philanthropy: the changing landscape of one of the country’s bedrock institutions, independent journalism, and media.

In this session, Julia Stasch, philanthropy executive in residence at the Rustandy Center, was joined by Kathy Im, MPP '97, director of the journalism and media program at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Tiffany Walden, multimedia journalist and co-founder and editor-in-chief of The TRiiBE, a digital media platform for Black millennials in Chicago. The conversation explored questions such as:

  • What does voice and visibility look like in a vibrant and responsive democracy?
  • What role does philanthropy play in the generation of independent media?
  • How can journalism regain public trust in the age of misinformation?


  • Julia Stasch (Moderator), Immediate Past President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Philanthropy Executive in Residence, Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation
  • Kathy Im, MPP '97, Director, Journalism & Media at The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Tiffany Walden, Co-founder & Editor-in-Chief of The TRiiBE