Ford/Media Democracy Fund Tech Exchange Grant

MIC is one of 11 host sites around the world to be awarded a 2019-2020 Tech exchange grant, through a program designed by Ford and Media Democracy Fund to create more opportunities for emerging technology leaders around the world to gain experience working with civil society organizations working at the crossroads of digital technology and social justice.

Philadelphia’s Media Ecosystem

With increasing public attention focused on threats to the integrity of our news and communication systems, it is vital that we take stock of Philadelphia’s media ecosystem, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and imagine how we can reinvent journalism for a stronger democracy.


For more than a decade, a consortium of Communication doctoral programs has sponsored a select group of Ph.D. students to spend a summer in Washington, D.C. These COMPASS Summer Fellows have a front row seat to learn about U.S. federal policymaking as they make their own contributions to the policy process through their research and writing. The COMPASS Program has placed its Summer Fellows in congressional offices, the State Department, the Federal Communications Commission, and a variety of research and advocacy organizations such as Common Cause, Free Press, and the New America Foundation. The program aims to provide a substantial experience that enhances the students’ doctoral work and makes significant contributions to the host institutions’ policy engagement. COMPASS bridges the research interests of future scholars with active policy agendas.

NJ Spark

NJ Spark is a social justice journalism lab at Rutgers University. We bring students together with media makers and journalists to create media for and with underserved communities.