From the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press:
Ariel Dougherty will be serving as the Senior Research Consultant and coordinator of 'Creating a Women’s Media Equity Collaborative: New Funding Models for Feminist Media.' With this research, a collaboration of academics and media organization activists will conduct the first-ever survey of the field of women’s media justice organizations. Furthermore, the project will map out feminist models of collaboration and sustainable funding to design a new support arm for the collective work of feminist media organizations.
The two academic investigators of the Women’s Media Equity Collaborative are Lisa McLaughlin, in communications at Miami University of Ohio and editor of Feminist Media Studies, and Susan Feiner, an economist and director of Women Studies at Maine Southern University. The partnering organizations are “Making Contact”/National Radio Project under executive director Lisa Rudman and Chica Luna Productions under acting director Lillian Jimenez and Program Coordinator Karly Beaumont. The research is funded by a grant from the Social Science Research Council through their Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere program.
A summit of Women's Social Justice Media Organizations will take place at the Allied Media Conference on July 16, 2009.