Nat Geo’s Susan Goldberg talks about the power of storytelling to change the world at the first Global Positive Forum in Paris

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At the inaugural Global Positive Forum in Paris on Friday, Sept. 1, Susan Goldberg, National Geographic magazine Editor-in-Chief and National Geographic Partners Editorial Director, discussed the power of storytelling to change the world. National Geographic is an official partner of the new conference, which was created under the patronage of the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron. The goal of the Global Positive Forum is to “give voice to agents of change around the world, people who are thinking and acting in new ways, and leading positive initiatives,” all in hopes of making the world of tomorrow better than the world today.

Susan began her remarks by highlighting National Geographic’s long-held belief in the power of storytelling to change the world. Today, however, the beloved brand isn’t limited to the pages of a magazine – it can inspire its 760 million readers, viewers and fans across a range of platforms.

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21CF donates $500,000 to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas, sets up financial assistance grants for affected colleagues

 

harveyreal_0Nearly 500 of 21st Century Fox’s colleagues in Texas are affected by the unprecedented rainfall from Hurricane Harvey, including those based in Fox Networks Group’s critical network operations center in The Woodlands and the local Fox Television Stations. As an initial step in its response to the flooding and devastation in that area, the company is donating $500,000 to United Way of Greater Houston’s relief fund.

The relief fund will help meet storm-related needs and recovery in its local community, with a priority given to safety, shelter and basic needs like food. Once the community is stabilized, United Way will focus on long-term recovery efforts.

21CF colleagues and their families were able to find shelter on-site at Fox’s disaster-ready facilities in the affected areas, with live events and news coverage kept on the air since Hurricane Harvey made landfall. Affected colleagues will be eligible for financial assistance grants from the company to help meet their relief and rebuilding needs.

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Nat Geo reporters win 2017 Society of Environmental Journalists Awards for beat reporting on effects of climate change and illegal wildlife trading

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From a pool of nearly 400 submissions, the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) recently announced the winners of the 2016-17 Awards for Reporting on the Environment, and two awards went to 21st Century Fox’s National Geographic reporters, Craig Welch and Rachel Nuwer, for their important work in illuminating pressing issues of climate change and the human impact of wild animal welfare around the world.

Welch, a Seattle-based reporter, won first place in “Outstanding Beat Reporting—Large Market” for a package of five stories across Nat Geo platforms, edited by Rob Kunzig and Brian Howard, that centered around the effects of climate change on ocean-life:

The Blob That Cooked the Pacific

Ocean Slime Spreading Quickly Across the Earth

Mysterious New Whale Species Discovered in Alaska

Huge Puffin Die-Off May Be Linked to Hotter Seas

Orca Killed by Satellite Tag Leads to Criticism of Science Practices

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Fox and National Geographic lead 27th annual Environmental Media Association Awards nominations

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21st Century Fox businesses have received four nominations from the Environmental Media Association, whose awards honor film and television productions that increase public awareness of environmental issues and inspire personal action to correct them.

21CF’s National Geographic earned two nominations in the Documentary Film category for From the Ashes and Before the FloodFrom the Ashes, produced with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, takes on compelling stories to explore the reality of coal’s role in climate change, as well as human health and the economy, while offering solutions that could help revive struggling mining towns and protect the environment. Before the Flood follows Leonardo DiCaprio across five continents as he explores the effect of climate change on local communities around the world, as well as the political and social forces standing in the way of possible solutions.

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21st Century Fox announced its fiscal year and Q4 2017 financial results

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On Tuesday, August 9, 21st Century Fox announced its fiscal year and Q4 2017 financial results. Shortly after the company’s earnings were announced, Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch.

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21st Century Fox celebrates inspiring documentary STEP with donation campaign to support young women in achieving their dreams

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In anticipation of Fox Searchlight’s upcoming documentary, STEP, 21st Century Fox is partnering with Tumblr in support of Step Up, an after-school mentoring program for young women in under-resourced communities.

STEP, directed by Amanda Lipitz and distributed by Fox Searchlight, chronicles the true-life story of a girls’ high school step team against the background of the heart of Baltimore. Though the world seems to be working against them, these young women are empowered by their teachers, counselors, families, and each other as they fight to achieve their dreams of winning the step championship and getting accepted into college. STEP explores the emotionally inspiring meaning of sisterhood and perseverance through the story of these remarkable young women.

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Keely MacDonald named 2017 Fellow from the Fox Writers Lab

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Fox Inclusion recently announced writer Keely MacDonald has received a script development deal from Fox Broadcasting Company after being named this year’s Fox Writers Lab Fellow. She joined Fox as a research intern on Sleepy Hollow in 2012, and eventually earned the opportunity to write the episode “Insatiable” in season 4.

MacDonald was chosen from a group of 13 experienced finalists  at the Fox Writers Lab, a 14-week program hosted by Fox Inclusion that gives its finalists direct access to Fox writers, directors, and executives to further their screenwriting skills on the Fox Lot in Los Angeles. The Writers Lab is one of several programs at 21st Century Fox created to empower new storytellers and strengthen the pipeline of diverse talent in the industry. At the conclusion of the program, now in its sixth consecutive year, one fellow is named as the Fox Writers Lab fellow and awarded a purchase and development deal on their original script, or a first-look deal with 21CF-affiliated entities.

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