While some grantmakers have made advancing diversity and equity in journalism a priority, data suggests there is still much work to be done. A new initiative supported by the sector’s heaviest hitters seeks to accelerate the pace of change.
The shuttering this month of Pacific Standard, an award-winning media site, is particularly alarming because it did everything right. But its fatal weakness is one shared by many other nonprofits: overreliance on a single benefactor.
The Lilly Endowment has long held that greater public understanding of religion can boost “civic well-being.” That idea is behind a new multimillion-dollar initiative to improve news coverage of the world’s major religions.
Dubbing the rise of digital communications and social media “the most profound shift in how we communicate with each other since Gutenberg,” the Knight Foundation aims to catalyze a new field of research on this revolution.
Journalism funders agree that a key way to combat misinformation and restore trust in the democratic process is by supporting local news outlets. Here’s how a new media funder in Philadelphia is taking on that challenge.
Consumer Reports, founded in 1936, has been rebooting in recent years to keep up with a rapidly changing technological landscape. Now, with a $6 million gift from Craig Newmark, it’s ramping up its digital privacy work. Here’s an inside look.
The fate of a tech watchdog media site seeded with $20 million from the founder of Craigslist, remains murky with the recent departure of two key staffers. How did things unravel so quickly and what must its primary benefactor do next to right the ship?
As funders continue efforts to boost diversity in journalism, traditional news organizations are struggling to survive amid waves of layoffs. Here’s how one corporate grantmaker working to promote diversity in media is navigating this changing landscape.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
A $300 million commitment to boost local news has turned Facebook into a major grantmaker in the nonprofit journalism space. We dig into the social media giant's strategy and what it means for beleaguered outlets moving forward.
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.
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.
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?
A new partnership between Knight and the Lenfest Institute looks to position Philadelphia as a "test kitchen" for journalism innovation. Given the litany of challenges facing the sector, the stakes couldn't be any higher.
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.
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.
Newsrooms lack the resources to effectively train new journalists in an era of proliferating misinformation. Which is why one funder is backing a push at the university level to train investigative journalists.
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?
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.
Backed by $300 million in funding, the Google News Initiative was launched in March to help “journalism thrive in the digital age." Where do things stand with this effort to boost consumer news literacy?
The Abrams Foundation, a long-time funder in the Boston area, currently has a strong focus on supporting U.S. journalism with several established media partners.
A media outlet that covers the intersection between education and technology reveals important things about the ideas that excite two major funders.
The fight against "fake news" has typically been waged by institutional funders and tech donors. It isn't too often that a comedian makes a big gift while calling out a mainstream outlet as a purveyor of disinformation.
As local news ecosystems struggle to attract and retain readers, funders are encouraging outlets to better reflect the communities they serve. The latest example comes from Chicago.
A start-up plans to use blockchain technology and crypto economics to start 1,000 publications nationwide by the end of the year. Can this strategy provide a sustainable lifeline to beleaguered local journalism outlets?
Most magazines of ideas and opinion would cease to exist without philanthropic support. Now, we have a better sense of just how much foundation money has been flowing to these publications in recent years.
A new study on support for nonprofit journalism finds that while many foundations have stepped up to fill the gaps, their priorities have exacerbated funding and geographic disparities across the sector.