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.
Craig Newmark has emerged as a stalwart donor in the battle to strengthen journalism in an era of media manipulation. We unpack his $20 million gift to the City of New York Graduate School of Journalism.
With 900 member stations nationwide, the NPR network offers hope for the future of journalism and culture alike. So it’s not surprising to see more big money flowing to public radio stations, most recently in Seattle.
With another big foundation joining the battle against disinformation, a division of labor among funders is coming into focus. Who's doing what?
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.