Liz Baker

Manager of Independent Journalism & Media, Humanity United

Liz leads Humanity United’s Independent Journalism & Media portfolio. In this role, she partners with journalism and media organizations to increase understanding about issues of importance to HU. Previously, she managed media relations in HU’s DC office and led communications for the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking. Liz is the former Chief Communications Officer at the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), an organization working to make warring parties more responsible to civilians. She was the Humanitarian Press Officer for Oxfam America, leading U.S. media coverage on humanitarian emergencies around the world. Prior to that, she led communications in Oxfam America’s Horn of Africa regional office. Liz holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Haverford College.

Liz is speaking at

Nonprofits & New Models
September 27, 2019
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Room 2.015, HafenCity Universität (HCU)



With investigative journalism increasingly dependent on a philanthropic model of support, what are the long-term implications for the profession? Advertisers have long influenced media owners and publishers. Will foundation officers and wealthy donors take their place? What kind of impact and relationship do donors really expect? Are they in it for the long haul, or is muckraking just a fad in philanthropy? How can newsrooms maintain both editorial integrity and healthy working relationships with donors? Join a group of innovative grant makers and nonprofit media organizations for a candid roundtable conversation about the dynamics of donor-funded media, and explore best practices for donors and media working together to ensure journalism can play its essential role in supporting accountability, transparency, and progress.   

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