Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation: Grants for Journalism

OVERVIEW: The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation does not give grants to individual journalists, but rather supports nonprofit media institutions and journalism schools in the areas of "investigative reporting, youth education, professional development, Oklahoma journalism and special opportunities." It prioritizes "ethics and new media" within each of these initiatives. 

IP TAKE: As the name suggests, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation seeks to promote ethics in the media and principled news gathering. It does this through support of institutions that are in line with its mission statement, but do not fund private individuals. It prioritizes Oklahoma, but funds organizations all over the country.

PROFILE: Created in 1982 by philanthropist Edith Kinney Gaylord, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation (EEJF) seeks to "invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills, and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information." It makes grants to various organizations working in the areas of investigative reporting, professional development, Oklahoma journalism and special opportunities.

Within these areas of interest, the EEJF states that it gives special preference to programs that focus on "ethics and new media." Some specific grants by EEJF in past 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. EEJF also 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."

The EEJF does not fund book publishing, literacy programs, documentaries, endowments, grants to individuals, international organizations, personal research projects, scholarships, or equipment purchases for youth education.

The EEJF looks for a number of critical factors in their grantmaking. 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 grantmaking is under $5 million. LOIs are due in mid-November.


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