On May 14th through 16th of 2015, I had the honor of participating in a conference that while aimed in the same direction as many others, brought together a group of unique, talented and diverse individuals with whom I felt honored to be among.

As Ivan Roman of the Journalism That Matters convening organization writes on their site:

“Organized by the journalism conference facilitation group Journalism That Matters, the group convened at the Pocantico Conference Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for two-and-a-half days of brainstorming and deep, provocative conversations among folks representing varied interests within the independent journalism field.

“[The participants were] a mix of 30 independent journalists, funders, media association representatives, academics, media outlets, entrepreneurs and media activists gathered over three days at The Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to explore ways to begin answering this complex and challenging question:

“How can we broaden financial and other types of support so that more fact-based independent media organizations and journalists can not only survive, but collectively grow into a vibrant, powerful and resilient media sector?”

Following the conference, the group released a detailed report at http://journalismthatmatters.org/pocantico/ that details the discussion and the ideas that came out of the discussions for further development by members of the group and, more importantly, the journalism field at large.

The Journalism That Matters site includes: