We're seeing more gifts that bring together unusual bedfellows on campus in the pursuit of collaborative learning that draws from multiple fields. The latest example comes from the University of Missouri.
Local newspapers aren't just dying because of the internet; Wall Street speculators are also hurting them. Which is why civic-minded philanthropists like H.F. Lenfest are so important.
Several major philanthropic institutions around the country have strong journalism roots, but does that mean they should provide grants to report the news? With a focus on Philadelphia, here's a look at the grants awarded from the Lenfest Institute for Journalism's first open call for applications.
Amid a growing push to bring more diversity to the film world, we look at what the MacArthur Foundation has been doing lately to support "nonfiction media makers" from diverse backgrounds.
Grants are now flowing from the Knight Foundation to back specific ideas to fight the "spread of misinformation." Who's doing what to rescue the truth from viral infection?
A new study says that grantmaking for media has failed to offer a "strong critical alternative to commercial journalism" and created ethical conflicts. But is the author over-focused on the downsides of this trend?
With lots of new funding flowing for journalism since Trump's election, the New York Times is moving to get a piece of the action by launching a new philanthropic arm. The move is not without risk.
Five months ago, some of philanthropy's most influential funders seeded an ambitious initiative to fight fake news. How are things going?
After the election, funders stepped forward in different ways to combat the spread of misinformation. We check in on where some of this grant money is flowing and what ideas are winning support.
With funders increasingly drawn to visual storytelling's ability to drive social change, we dig into the work of Nancy Farese, who has long been on the front line of "photo-philanthropy."
As FCC chairman Ajit Pai moves to roll back net neutrality regulations, the issue's back in the spotlight. We look at the funders and top nonprofits in the mix.
Longtime progressive media funder Rob Glaser was backing an investigation of Trump's potential Russian connections even before election day. Now, he's stepping up his giving to dig deeper.
When journalists challenge the powerful, the powerful often sick lawyers on them. Which is why Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media is beefing up grantmaking to provide legal support to news outlets.
When H.F. Lenfest created a nonprofit journalism institute last year, it wasn't clear whether other funders would buy in. An infusion of cash from new donors dispels those doubts. Can this model be replicated?
Founded by Barbara Ehrenreich, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project has been pulling in more foundation grants and gaining traction with an approach that stresses "bottom-up" reporting.
Growing support for nonprofit investigative reporting in the past decade has enabled new scrutiny of drugmakers, insurance companies and hospitals. What's been uncovered?
With facts under attack in the Trump era, three media funders are backing experimental approaches to tackle the sticky problems of misinformation and mistrust.
As a top funder moves to pour millions into investigative journalism and accountability efforts worldwide, we wonder if this kind of work can backfire and further fuel public cynicism about key institutions.
Gifts from two foundations with traditionally small footprints in the journalism space suggest that the "Trump Effect" has entered a new and unpredictable phase.
The diverse cadre of funders behind an initiative to boost the integrity of news suggests that the scourge of fake news is everyone's problem. But the best way forward is not so clear.
A thriving arts and cultural sector requires conversation and debate. Which is why a diverse group of funders are increasing giving for writing on the arts and transforming the field.
The once-niche field of "immersive storytelling" has reached the mature stage. The Journalism 360 Project asks its practictioners, "What have you learned? And how can these best practices advance the field of journalism?"
Pierre Omidyar has emerged as among Trump's fiercest critics. Now two groups he created have made one of the largest gifts for investigative journalism in history. Who's getting the money?
Pierre Omidyar has emerged as a vocal critic of the Trump phenomenon. Now, the Omidyar Network is putting cash behind an ambitious effort to curb online hate by the Anti-Defamation League.
HHMI is one of the country’s largest private funders of research, also channeling major support to science education. A new program backs the Associated Press to boost its science coverage.
A second anti-"fake news" gift in three months helps to consolidate Craig Newmark's roles as one of philanthropy's most fervent crusaders against dishonest and manipulative journalism.
The George Polk Awards for Journalism were just announced, and they underscore how the news sector is being changed by a growing wave of private funding.
One aspect of Knight's focus on innovation in journalism is a commitment to diverse newsrooms. We dig into some Knight approaches from recent grant recipients.
PEN America is yet another nonprofit whose mission has suddenly become more urgent under Trump. We talk to its executive director about the new funding flooding in—and the battle ahead.
We've seen what happens in an America shaped by Tweets and it isn't pretty. Now for some good news: a few funders still believe in deeply reported and nuanced writing.