OVERVIEW: The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation does not give grants to individual journalists, but rather focuses its giving on nonprofit media institutions and journalism schools in the areas of "investigative reporting, youth education, professional development, Oklahoma journalism and special opportunities." A special emphasis is placed on "ethics and new media" within each of these initiatives.
IP TAKE: As the name suggests, EEJF has a particular interest in promoting ethics in the media and principled news gathering. They do this through support of institutions that are in line with their mission statement, but do not give to private individuals. It has a special interest in Oklahoma, but gives grants to organizations all over the country.
PROFILE: The stated mission of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation is to give grants meant to "invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills, and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information." Grants are made to various organizations focused around the areas of investigative reporting, professional development, youth education, Oklahoma journalism and special opportunities."
Within these areas of interest, the EEJF makes it clear that special preference will be given to programs that focus on "ethics and new media." Some of the organizations that have received EEJF funds in the past include the Investigative News Network, Fund for Investigative Journalism, the digital non-profit City Limits, and the Online News Association, among many others. EEJF also recently gave a $25,000 to the Society for News Design Foundation for "workshops in iPad and app development strategies for professional journalists, students and professors at universities and news organizations across the country."
Some of the things the EEJF does not fund include book publishing, literacy programs, documentaries, endowments, grants to individuals, international organizations, personal research projects, scholarships, and equipment purchases for youth education.
Some specific grants by EEJF in recent years include $250,000 to Oklahoma Watch for their investigating and in-depth reporting team; $95,000 to the Oklahoma Scholastic Media Initiative to help high schools start or improve online newspapers; and $100,000 to Online News Association for the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education.
Among the areas the EEJF focuses its support on, there are a number of critical factors that they look for. These include improving the credibility and impact of journalism, increasing the "quantity, quality and ethical standards of investigative reporting and watchdog journalism on state and local issues," helping journalists make use of new tools and new outlets for their work, and encouraging "the development of digital innovations that make data about state and local issues more available to the public."
Yearly, EEJF giving is under $5 million. LOIs are due in mid November.
- Elizabeth Gould, Grants Manager
- Nancy Hodgkinson, Senior Program Officer
- The foundation is advised by consultants on its journalism grantmaking. You can find a list of them on the site.