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Aspirations Journalism

Aspirations Journalism

The Purpose

Through a partnership between journalism and philanthropy, Aspirations Journalism is an initiative to share information and engage communities through stories that encourage people to be part of the solution and take action. While examining relevant social issues, Aspirations Journalism focuses on motivating, innovating, and collaborating through the lenses of The Patterson Foundation’s initiatives.

Strengthening the Impact

Following the learnings and success of the SPIRE CoLab initiative, The Patterson Foundation and the Herald-Tribune Media Group created Aspirations Journalism to inform, educate, and galvanize the community to build movements around sustainable community networks. With leadership and support from The Patterson Foundation, the Herald-Tribune Media Group is providing capacity and journalism professionals who create Aspirations Journalism’s content that is covered locally and beyond. Currently, Aspirations Journalism is focused on exploring the specific issues of Census 2020 Education and Digital Access for All.

FAQ's

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What is Aspirations Journalism?

Aspirations Journalism is a partnership between philanthropy and journalism to build movements around sustainable community networks. The Patterson Foundation and the Herald-Tribune Media Group are bringing their respective assets and talents together to inform, educate, and engage communities locally and beyond.

Why does The Patterson Foundation support Aspirations Journalism?

The Patterson Foundation believes in strengthening the efforts of people, organizations, and communities. Aspirations Journalism inspires people and organizations to take action on issues relevant to the community. Following the learnings and success of the SPIRE CoLab initiative, which focused on the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, The Patterson Foundation and the Herald-Tribune Media Group created Aspirations Journalism to focus on specific issues through the lenses of The Patterson Foundation’s initiatives.

What is Aspirations Journalism’s current focus?

Currently, Aspirations Journalism is focused on exploring the specific issues of Census 2020 Education and Digital Access for All.

Through Census 2020 Education, The Patterson Foundation is connecting partners and resources to educate the region and strengthen participation in the 2020 Census throughout Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. The 2020 Census provides the opportunity for each of these communities to chart their path forward.

Digital Access for All explores the efforts of multiple sectors working to enhance access to technology that connects people in ways that foster inclusion and well-being. This initiative aspires to discover how individuals, businesses, nonprofits, government, and the media are moving the needle on access to digital technology. This knowledge will inform opportunities to collaboratively strengthen these efforts.

What have been the previous focus areas for Aspirations Journalism?

Since its inception, Aspirations Journalism has examined relevant social issues through the lenses of The Patterson Foundation’s initiatives and engagements. While Aspirations Journalism coverage has evolved to focus specifically on Census 2020 Education and Digital Access for All, The Patterson Foundation continues to work on the following initiatives previously highlighted by Aspirations Journalism:

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a national collaborative effort based on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation: reading at grade level by the end of third grade to create a more promising future for children. Part of this nationwide movement, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a communitywide effort to help all children, especially those from asset-limited families, succeed in school by ensuring they read on grade-level. The Suncoast region encompasses four counties — Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties in Florida — focused on addressing the most common issues and obstacles that impact a child's ability to read to learn.

Age-Friendly Sarasota is a countywide effort to promote active, engaged, and healthy living for people of all ages. By learning and sharing about Sarasota County's age-friendly features and the aspirations of its residents, this initiative is amplifying and bringing enhancements to the community that align with factors identified by the World Health Organization that influence the ability to live well at any age. Age-Friendly Sarasota is part of the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities — an effort of more than 800 member cities and communities in 40 countries worldwide benefiting more than 228 million people — and was the first community in Florida to be recognized as an age-friendly community by WHO and AARP, a national affiliate of the global effort.

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the national voice for every person’s right to age well. NCOA empowers individuals with trusted solutions to improve their own health and economic security — and protects and strengthens federal programs that people depend on as they age. The Patterson Foundation has partnered with NCOA on the following initiatives:
  • The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, a tri-sector collaboration created by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) at the request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that explored how self-managed care might be approached to improve health.

  • Aging Mastery Program®, an initiative offering community-based organizations a clear path to engage and strengthen the physical, financial, and emotional wellness of older adults.
The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) is a regional coalition made up of representatives from major hospitals and higher education institutions offering degree-granting to schools, colleges, and community members in Florida’s Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. The grassroots group is working with the Florida Action Coalition to develop resources and help implement recommendations from the 2010 Institute of Medicine report entitled, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” which recommends increasing the percentage of BSN-prepared nurses to 80 percent and doubling the number of nurses with doctorates in the United States by the year 2020 to positively influence the outcomes of patients in the nation.

Who can I contact about the Aspirations Journalism initiative?

For more information, contact initiative manager Michael Corley: mcorley@thepattersonfoundation.org or TPF Fellow Hannah Saeger Karnei: hSaegerKarnei@thepattersonfoundation.org.


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