Hosted by MacArthur and Columbia College's School of Media Arts in partnership with ThoughtWorks, Openbox and New America Chicago

Future of Media and Policy

The Role of the Individual in Crafting New Media Narratives

Thursday, October 12th, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Increasingly, our relationship with media is fraught with mistrust and confusion. Today, virtually anyone can author content with potential for global dissemination, yet many of us feel less represented in the public narrative and less able to impact policy decisions.

Brazilian journalist Bruno Torturra will be joined by Chicago journalists Darryl Holliday of City Bureau and Jennifer Brandel of Hearken to discuss the role of individuals and emerging technology tools in crafting new media narratives that have the potential to shape more inclusive and equitable policy.

The panel will be moderated by Angel Ysaguirre of the Illinois Humanities Council. Hosted by MacArthur and Columbia College's School of Media Arts in partnership with ThoughtWorks, Openbox and New America Chicago.

Immediately following the discussion, please join us for a post-event reception at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. The Museum is across the hall from the Ferguson Auditorium. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served and guests can also see the exhibition Disruptive Perspectives, which opens that evening.

An RSVP does not guarantee a seat at this event. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. If you need special assistance, please put a note in your RSVP.


Thursday, October 12th, 6:00pm-8:00pm


Ferguson Auditorium
Columbia College
600 South Michigan
Chicago, IL 60605

You can shape the conversation on October 12th!


Jennifer Brandel


Jennifer Brandel is the CEO and Co-founder of Hearken. She began her career in journalism reporting for outlets including NPR, CBC, WBEZ, The New York Times and Vice, picking up awards along the way. In 2012 Brandel founded the groundbreaking audience-first series, WBEZ's Curious City, and is spreading this public-powered journalism model around the world via Hearken. Her company participated in the Matter VC accelerator in San Francisco and took home the prize for "Best Bootstrap Company" at SXSW in 2016 and won the News Media Alliance 2017 Accelerator. Brandel is a recipient of the Media Changemaker Prize by the Center for Collaborative Journalism.

Darryl Holliday

City Bureau

Darryl Holliday is a journalist, multimedia storyteller and reformed crime reporter based in Chicago. He’s the editorial director and co-founder of City Bureau, a civic media lab based on Chicago's South Side, and a founding member of the Illustrated Press.

Bruno Torturra

Estúdio Fluxo

Journalist and photographer Bruno Torturra created Mídia Ninja, a collaborative journalism network in 2012. Mídia Ninja became a spark that heated debate around the country on the nature and role of Brazilian media. Bruno left the group to create Estúdio Fluxo, a newsroom dedicated to experiments in journalism.

Angel Ysaguirre

Illinois Humanities

Angel Ysaguirre, director of Illinois Humanities has over 20 years of experience in philanthropy, arts, and humanities. His rich experience includes serving as program officer with the McCormick Tribune Foundation and director of Global Community Investing, Global Corporate Citizenship for Boeing.