The American Journalism Project is Poised to Allocate Millions. Where Will the Money Go?

The American Journalism Project is Poised to Allocate Millions. Where Will the Money Go?

Last year, the American Journalism Project shook up the funding landscape by pledging to raise and invest $1 billion in local news ecosystems. Its inaugural round of grantmaking slated for this summer will disburse some $50 million in funding.

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Inside a Nonprofit That Supports Environmental Journalists Around the World

Inside a Nonprofit That Supports Environmental Journalists Around the World

In countries struggling with environmental threats like deforestation, the news media—and robust, reliable local reporting—can be the only way to draw attention to what’s happening. Backing such work in the mission of the Earth Journalism Network.

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Why Funders See Bolstering Local News as a Key to Rebuilding Public Trust in the Media

Why Funders See Bolstering Local News as a Key to Rebuilding Public Trust in the Media

A five-year, $300 million commitment from the Knight Foundation underscores the growing consensus among funders that a vibrant local news ecosystem is the best option available to reverse years of declining trust, and to “make democracy work.”

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“A Very Different Era.” Why a Tech Donor is Stepping up for Journalism Ethics

“A Very Different Era.” Why a Tech Donor is Stepping up for Journalism Ethics

Amid a sea change in media, Craig Newmark recently gave $15 million to Columbia Journalism School and the Poynter Institute. We look at how this gift came about and the goals behind one of the biggest investments in journalism ethics in years.

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Next Act: A Big Gift to Kickstart a Historic Fundraising Campaign From Outgoing NPR Chief

Next Act: A Big Gift to Kickstart a Historic Fundraising Campaign From Outgoing NPR Chief

After helping turn around NPR during his five-year tenure, CEO and philanthropist Jarl Mohn is stepping down in June, but not before giving the station $10 million toward its upcoming $200 million fundraising drive, which he'll help oversee.

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How a Podcast and the Funders Behind it Are Shaking up Climate Communication

How a Podcast and the Funders Behind it Are Shaking up Climate Communication

A new show that spotlights women on the frontlines of the climate fight has drawn growing grant support. It’s a case study of how foundations can back experiments in storytelling and elevate the voices of outsiders.

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Can Venture Philanthropy Save Local News? This Ambitious Initiative Aims to Find Out

Can Venture Philanthropy Save Local News? This Ambitious Initiative Aims to Find Out

A new group is looking to raise big money and create sustainable local news ecosystems. Such a funding approach has succeeded in aggregating large-scale philanthropic capital for other causes. Can it also rescue American journalism?

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A Tech Billionaire Takes on... Tech. What's His Larger Game Plan for Giving?

A Tech Billionaire Takes on... Tech. What's His Larger Game Plan for Giving?

Billionaire Craig Newmark may have made his fortune in tech, but he’s also worried about that industry’s outsized power. We talk to Newark about his latest big gift—and where his growing philanthropy is heading next.

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“It’s a Way to Make a Difference.” Behind a Campus Gift to Revitalize a Heartland News Desert

“It’s a Way to Make a Difference.” Behind a Campus Gift to Revitalize a Heartland News Desert

While combating disinformation has become a big focus of journalism funders, others are keen to revitalize local media, which they view as a key to strong democracy. We drill into a major new gift in Indiana.

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Amid Rising Alarms About Big Tech, What Is Philanthropy's Role?

Amid Rising Alarms About Big Tech, What Is Philanthropy's Role?

Some top funders have gotten behind an initiative to examine, with Facebook's cooperation, how the social media giant affects elections. Are these funders playing it too safe when they should be hitting harder? 

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First Line of Defense: A Fund to Pay Journalists' Legal Bills

First Line of Defense: A Fund to Pay Journalists' Legal Bills

With backing from Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media, the Press Freedom Defense Fund sticks up for journalists and whistleblowers in legal trouble. We get an inside look at how it operates and where support flows.

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