The Inland Empire Journalism Fund will host a series of live media events to inform community and foster dialogue on key issues. Our goal is to Engage the public in setting news agendas by soliciting story ideas, questions, and concerns through interactive platforms. Conduct regular polls, surveys, and public forums that news coverage aligns with public needs and aspirations.
We will collaborate with educational institutions to develop media literacy programs that empower citizens to critically evaluate news sources, recognize disinformation, and engage in responsible online behavior. Offer workshops, curriculum integration, and public awareness campaigns to promote media literacy.

These events will be hosted
throughout 2024:



The Future of Community Journalism in the Inland Empire

Time: 5:30PM

Location: Esri Headquarters

Join us June 3, 2024, at an inaugural event hosted by the Inland Empire Journalism Innovation Hub+ Fund of the Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF). Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds will engage in a thought-provoking conversation with Dean Baquet, former executive editor of the New York Times, exploring the vital role of media in democracy and local community-engaged journalism. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to be part of a critical discussion on shaping the future of journalism in our community.



Community Townhall: Reinventing the Public Square

Time: TBD

Location: Riverside Main Library

Join us for a transformative community Townhall as we gather to “Reinvent the Public Square.” This event will focus on promoting meaningful dialogue and discussion in journalism, moving away from clickbait strategies and the importance of developing civic muscle.
Our aim is to emphasize the core purpose of collaborative journalism: fostering conversations that lead to better-informed decisions. This Townhall will provide a platform for discussing news and media consumption trends, specifically tailored to the needs of the Inland Empire community.