More than ever, the fate of nonprofit journalism hinges on its underpaid and overworked freelancers. We dig into one funder's surprisingly generous support for this "vulnerable and valuable" demographic.
NewsMatch, a program launched by some of journalism's most influential funders, has helped nonprofit outlets raise a record amount of money. Here's a closer look at an impressive windfall.
While the media faces unprecedented political attacks in the U.S., reporters are being killed in record numbers worldwide. More grant money is flowing in response to the growing hostility and violence.
Some of journalism's biggest funders, including Pierre Omidyar's Democracy Fund and the Knight Foundation, have joined forces to help beleaguered outlets better engage the public they serve.
Amid intense uncertainty around healthcare policy, a California-based funder is backing a new journalistic effort to explore health inequities across underserved communities.
A thriving nonprofit media venture, The Conversation, is out to elevate public discourse by getting academic experts to write for news outlets. Some major funders have responded.
As journalism scrambles for better financial footing, a new site called Tarbell is betting on crowdfunding to support its investigative reports. The nonprofit still relies on some foundation funding, at least for now.
A big gift from a long-time supporter of digital "disruption" suggests the public radio station of tomorrow will resemble a "multi-platform journalism service."
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?"