Knowledge & Exploration

National Geographic Coal Industry Documentary

From June 26 until July 3, audiences can watch From the Ashes, National Geographic’s new feature documentary about the coal industry, for free on YouTube, Amazon, Facebook, and several more streaming services. The documentary, from Emmy-nominated director Michael Bonfiglio, examines how the coal industry affects life on the planet, as well as how communities across America continue to address its legacy. National Geographic initially broadcast From the Ashes on June 25 and will continue to roll the film out globally across 171 countries and 45 languages.

From the Ashes is more relevant than ever. The film explores the complexities of the coal industry and its impact on the environment, economy and public health,” said Tim Pastore, president of original programming and production for National Geographic channels. “At National Geographic, we are committed to furthering the national dialogue on clean energy and are thrilled to make From the Ashes available for free across such a wide array of streaming platforms.”

Viewers can watch From the Ashes on Natgeotv.com and all Nat Geo TV Apps across iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Roku, and Samsung Connected TVs. A commercial-free version is available to stream on YouTube, Facebook, Hulu, Amazon, Google Play, and VOD.

The documentary convenes coal miners, renewable energy leaders, politicians, public health experts, activists, and more to explore every side of the coal industry debate, from the impact of burning coal on climate change to the economic challenges facing communities that rely on the coal industry for jobs. In an interview with National Geographic, Bonfiglio spoke about his efforts to de-politicize these issues and present them fairly and informatively.  

“Our approach was really to try and remove some of the inherent partisan and polarizing nature of the subject matter,” he said. “We just drew information in, looking at multiple sides of a story, trying to provide people with information and facts they probably haven't thought about… And I do hope that [the film] will offer a starting point to talk about some of these issues.”

From the Ashes initially premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and has since launched a CrowdRise campaign to support organizations working to diversify economies in regions affected by the coal industry’s decline. Bloomberg Philanthropies, a partner on the film, will match all donations up to $3 million and has also organized a worldwide screening tour, including screenings in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, San Francisco, Vancouver, Washington, Brussels, London, Mexico City, and Paris. The film has also screened at more than 200 colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

Lean more about From the Ashes, and watch the full-length documentary for free on the platforms above by July 3.


Fox Sports University

As final exams conclude, and college seniors across the country prepare to take their first steps into the real world, FOX Sports University wraps up its ninth year, covering more campuses and impacting more students than ever before. FOX Sports University is the largest, most comprehensive program of its kind, with the intent on bridging the gap between academia and the sports industry. Together with nearly 40 acclaimed University partners, the FOX Sports University program provides unique and enriching educational opportunities to students from coast-to-coast while uncovering fresh insights for our business. To date, over 5,000 students have participated in FOX Sports University.

As we graduate another class of eager young talent, FOX Sports University reflects on the past school year, and would like to thank FOX employees for their commitment to bringing their unique insights and experience into classrooms across the country. Here is a look back on some of the highlights of the last year:

FOX SPORTS UNIVERSITY SUPERSTARS TAKE SUPER BOWL LI

For the first time ever, FOX Sports University students were challenged with a digital project surrounding the crown jewel of the sports broadcast industry: the Super Bowl.

Journalism students at the University of Missouri, and Advertising students at the University of North Carolina were challenged by FOX Sports to develop creative ways for the network to engage fans through social and digital platforms surrounding Super Bowl LI on FOX. The winning student teams from each school were invited for an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the FOX Sports team in Houston during Super Bowl LI Media Week. Students networked with FOX executives, toured NRG Stadium and Radio Row, watched live tapings of FS1 studio shows, and even saw some of their ideas come to life. Our winning teams left Houston impressed, inspired, and with an experience they will never forget.

 

FOX SPORTS UNIVERSITY JOINS FORCES WITH MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TO “GO GREEN”

Committed to sustainability, FOX Sports and MLB teamed up to inspire change in a new generation of young adults at DePaul University.

Public Relations students at DePaul University were challenged by 21CF Social Impact, FOX Sports, and MLB to develop creative marketing and PR messaging that FOX and MLB can utilize to raise awareness for joint sustainability efforts throughout the baseball season. While many MLB team partners have worked with the FOX Sports University program, this is the first time the league office has been involved in the classroom. The students truly stepped up to the plate with strong final presentations that utilized FOX and MLB assets during jewel events – Opening Day, All-Star Week, and the Post-Season!

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FOX SPORTS UNIVERSITY ALUM- A RECORD NUMBER ARE AMONG US

This Summer, 12 FOX Sports University alumni will join nine different FOX Sports departments as Summer Interns.

With its unique access to top-level student talent across the country, FOX Sports University continues to serve as a recruitment pipeline for many FOX business units. FOX Sports University’s network has led to the hiring of nearly 100 FOX Sports University students since the program’s inception in 2007. This summer, FOX Sports University students from University of North Carolina, Marquette, New York University, Syracuse, Michigan, Southern Methodist University, Villanova and Seton Hall accepted internship positions across the company. From PROcast to FOX Sports Ad Sales, Home Team Sports, FS1, PR and Marketing, the FOX Sports University Program continues to be an asset for our company.

  • LIGHTS, CAMERA, FOX SPORTS UNIVERSITY

FOX Sports On-Air Talent have the opportunity to give back by investing time and energy in the next generation of sports media.

This school year, many FOX Sports University partnerships were amplified by the integration of various FOX Sports Personalities.

  • IN THE CLASSROOM

While in Bloomington, FOX Sports’ Lead College Football Analyst Joel Klatt hosted “1 Minute Drills with Joel Klatt,” during which he provided coaching and advice to Indiana University on-camera hopefuls. FS1 On-Air Talent Nick Wright and Alan Cavanna both returned to their alma mater to speak to Syracuse students about their career paths during the inaugural year of the FOX Sports University partnership with the Orangemen.

  • IN THE STUDIO

During Fall 2016, Cal State Northridge students were challenged with an FS1-themed project. FS1 Studio Staff and On-Air Talent, including Nick Wright and Joy Taylor, welcomed the class to the Lot for a behind-the-scenes tour and a live-taping of The Herd.

  • ON THE FIELD

NFL on FOX On-Air Talent and Broadcast teams across the country hosted FOX Sports University students on-site to provide exclusive experiences, and a behind-the-scenes look into NFL GameDay in the booth, in the trucks, and on the sidelines. At the Big Ten Championship Game, Joel Klatt and FOX Sports’ Lead College Football Play-by-Play Announcer Gus Johnson welcomed students to the broadcast booth for a glimpse into their gameday preparation.

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A LOOK AHEAD: FOX SPORTS UNIVERSITY OWNS THE FALL SEMESTER

FOX Sports University adds Purdue and Illinois to its growing list of University Partners.

As FOX Sports prepares to “Own the Fall” during its inaugural season airing the best Big Ten football matchups, FOX Sports University celebrates partnerships with every university in the Big Ten conference beginning in the 2017 / 2018 school year. FOX Sports University looks forward to strengthening its relationships with each Big Ten University this coming Fall, and is proud to be a part of this exciting time in company history.


Nat Geo Photo Camp Greece

Editor’s note: The following was written by National Geographic Society’s Christian Garland, who recently spent a week at National Geographic Photo Camp in Greece. At Photo Camp, young people from underserved communities, including at-risk and refugee teens, learn how to use photography to tell their own stories, explore the world around them, and develop meaningful connections with others.

21CF’s National Geographic Partners gives 27% of all profits to funding National Geographic Society programs such as Photo Camp.


On Monday, May 22, 18 students from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan and Greece entered the Photo Camp classroom with hopes of learning something new. On Monday, May 22, 18 students embarked on unchartered territory -- learning how to use photography to communicate their experiences, thoughts and stories with students who speak Farsi, Arabic, Greek and English. On Monday, May 22, 18 students changed my life. 

Salam. Yassas. Assalamu' alaikum. Hello.

As we each greeted each other on the first day, I sat in pure admiration of their curiosity and willingness to learn something new. As I looked around the classroom trying to understand each student’s story, I realized in that moment that we all wanted the same thing -- to understand what it means to be free.

“Finding freedom” quickly became the epicenter of Photo Camp Greece, guiding each of the students’ photography and writing assignments. Approaching each assignment with an unprecedented level of curiosity, we wanted to discover what it means to be free of the injustices that hold us back, free of the politics that define who we can and cannot love and free from the barriers that prevent us chasing our dreams. Cameras and notebooks in hand, the students spent several days and nights photographing refugee camps, refugee squats, their homes and the city of Athens to uncover how they define freedom and what freedom means to the natives and immigrants of Greece.

"I am so much closer to writing my own story." - Elias Abood, 25, Syria

Nat Geo Photo Camp Greece

If I learned one thing from our students, it’s that this is not National Geographic’s story to tell. This is their story and this is their experience. So while I could write a detailed summary about Photo Camp Greece, this is their story. We asked our students, what does freedom mean to you? Here’s what they had to say:

Eliza Gkritsi, 21, Greece 
Freedom is a choice; a real choice. [...] I’ve always felt free, independent. Freedom is to clearly see your situation, to evaluate it and to decide who and where you want to be. Then pick a path, not to be forced onto one. Freedom is to pick your own rules. 

Mojtaba Ganji, 24, Afghanistan 
Freedom has lot of meanings for different people. For me freedom is human rights, because I don’t think you can have freedom apart from human rights. Freedom means everything to me, because I left my family and I started on a hard journey to find my rights. 

Raouf Amen, 18, Palestine 
Freedom is the most important thing in my life. [...] Freedom can be defined as the ability of a person to make a decision, which is appropriate for him or her without interference or influence from any other party. Every human being has the right to freedom and autonomy.

Alexandra Panagiotou, 22, Greece 
Freedom is having a choice. It is a choice to be who you want, to travel where you want, to love who you want, to live your dream and to have a better future. [...] . People don’t do well in closed walls, we need to spread and fly.

Benjamin Dalton, 25, United Kingdom  
Freedom to me includes the choice to move. To move to and to move through the places I want to go and exist. The ability to navigate and occupy those spaces in a way that I feel comfortable and a way that I feel myself. Freedom is expression and expression is a movement, physical and social.

Radwan Dirar, 26, Iraq 
I think freedom is different for everyone. I don’t like the word freedom, because we don’t know how to use this in the Middle East. For me, freedom does not exist. I prefer to use, “free.” I say this because the word “free” can symbolize so many positive things in our lives, like the ability to love who you want freely. 

Apostolos Zaganiaris, 21, Greece
I think that freedom is totally personal. That leads to the question if the “personal” things are indeed personal or are projections of society on us. [...] I believe that someone can be free if they feel so, no matter what that means. I feel very close to freedom. I am mostly contained by myself.

Ehsan Sharifi, 29, Afghanistan  
I’ve asked many people about the meaning of freedom. For many years, I’ve been asking people this question. I’ve been told that freedom is a moment, it is the second that you smile. This is my opinion of freedom.

Nina Koutsogianni, 19, Greece 
In my point of view freedom is a powerful word with many different meanings. Freedom includes freedom of speech, of belief, of religion. Also, freedom is very connected with security. A person who doesn't feel safe cannot be free.

Shaghayegh Farhang, 24, Iran 
In my country where I’m from, men and women are not equal. I became a mountain climber because in the mountains I feel that I’m equal to a man. When I climb, I feel strength and hope. When I climb, I feel freedom. I came here to Greece because in Iran I couldn’t be free. 

Omid Ahmadi, 21, Afghanistan 
From my point of view, freedom is something that can pass all borders. The borders are the sea, water and air boundaries. [...] Freedom means to fly without barriers.  There are many countries such as Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria that have no freedoms.

Andronikos Koutroumpelis, 21, Greece  
I view freedom as the most basic human right. It means being able to define your own being however you wish. It means equal rights and equal opportunity.

Mehrdad Salabaty, 23, Afghanistan
When you have freedom you have a healthy mental state and you can do the best for yourself and for other people. You know it when you have freedom. We can feel the meaning of this sentence. We all are one.

Elias Abood, 25, Syria 
Freedom means safety, education and having a legal status. It means dignity, having a decent life, having a job. I risked to lose the most precious thing I have – my life – to get the freedom I have now [...].

Faramarz Ahmadi, 23, Afghanistan 
Freedom means everywhere is my home.

I came into this experience expecting to teach the students as much as I possibly could about photography and creative writing, but little did I know how much they would teach me. They taught me that no task is too big and we are never too small. They taught me to be grateful for every moment you have with the people you love, and they taught me that friendship knows no boundaries. Although we no longer see each other every day, our stories will always keep us together. As we continue this search to define freedom, what could be more powerful than that?


Television Academy Honors Social Change This Is Us

This Is Us cast with creator Dan Fogelman. Photo courtesy the Television Academy.

At the Tenth Annual Television Academy Honors on June 8, three programs from 21st Century Fox businesses were recognized for harnessing “the extraordinary power of television to advance social change.” The honorees included National Geographic’s Before the Flood, a documentary from Academy Award winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens about the global effects of climate change, as well This Is Us and Speechless, two series produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television. Representatives from each program accepted the awards at the Beverly Hills event, which honored six total series drawn from more than 300 submissions.

"With a constant presence in people's daily lives, television consistently demonstrates its ability to power social change,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington. “The six honorees have effectively leveraged the medium to raise awareness of complex issues. We are honored to acknowledge storytellers producing meaningful television that provokes important conversations."

Before the Flood follows DiCaprio on a journey across five continents to explore the effects of climate change on our communities, as well as the political and social forces standing in the way of possible solutions. Throughout fall 2016, National Geographic worked to bring the film’s important message not only to government and business leaders but also to as many global viewers as possible, releasing the film across a record-breaking number of linear, digital, and social platforms. As a result, the film garnered more than 60 million viewers around the world, making it the most-watched National Geographic documentary in history.

“Typically, a network would buy a film and put it on their network exclusively, but we really felt that it was important for as many people to see this film as possible,” said Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Global Networks. “At National Geographic, we believe in the power of storytelling to change the world, and we think there is no more important issue facing our planet today than that of climate change.”

This Is Us is an ensemble drama tackling the full range of social issues that confront the contemporary American family, including marriage, adoption, racial identity, addiction, body image, parenting, and more. Speechless is a comedy series about the family of a teenager with cerebral palsy. The show has sparked new conversations about disability in America and has garnered notable acclaim for its decision to cast an actor with cerebral palsy in the main role. Speechless creator and executive producer Scott Silveri spoke to these points in his acceptance speech.

“The number of people in America with disabilities is a lot, and the number of people with disabilities on television is not a lot, and the number of those people played by actual performers with disabilities is next to none. Sorry to beat you down with statistics, but they don’t lie,” Silveri joked. “The barriers to casting those with disabilities are false and they’re imagined, and the rewards to casting those people are great… Part of our responsibility in what we do is to represent society as a whole, and you can’t do that without representing disability.”

Learn more about the Television Academy Honors, including detailed looks at each of the television projects that were recognized.


Chasing Genius

21st Century Fox’s National Geographic is now accepting submissions for Chasing Genius, a new digital community developed in partnership with GSK Consumer Healthcare based on the idea that global change can come from anyone and anywhere. The platform is inspired by Genius, Nat Geo’s first scripted series produced by Academy Award winners Brain Grazer and Ron Howard, which premiered in April and chronicles Albert Einstein’s life through stories about his friends, lovers, enemies, and fellow scientific luminaries.

Nat Geo and GSK listened to what their audience cares about most and chose three critical areas where transformational ideas could help change the world: making our planet more sustainable, improving global health, and kickstarting our ability to feed 9 billion people in the world. Through July 31, 2017, anyone in the world can create a 1-minute video submission to solve these challenges, and three winners will receive $25,000 to turn their ideas into reality.

The partnership is premised on the idea that everyone has the potential for genius, and this new engagement platform provides a way to nurture that genius through the power of storytelling.

“We are thrilled to be launching Chasing Genius with GSK Consumer Healthcare,” said Brendan Ripp, executive vice president of brand partnerships, National Geographic. “We believe there is a great opportunity to align our partners to our brand values, and bring them closer to our highly engaged global community through a platform-first approach. Chasing Genius exemplifies what is possible when we leverage the full scope of Nat Geo’s brand and storytelling capabilities, and deliver on our promise to ultimately take our partners further.”

Visit Chasing Genius and follow @NatGeo to learn more and submit your own idea today!

New episodes of ‘Genius’ air on Tuesday nights at 9PM ET on National Geographic.