“For the Good of All.” A New Fund Seeks to Boost Racial Equity in Journalism

“For the Good of All.” A New Fund Seeks to Boost Racial Equity in Journalism

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.

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Live by the Donor, Die by the Donor: Takeaways From the Demise of a Nonprofit News Outlet

Live by the Donor, Die by the Donor: Takeaways From the Demise of a Nonprofit News Outlet

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.

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Going Global: A Funder Expands Efforts to Foster Public Understanding About Religion

Going Global: A Funder Expands Efforts to Foster Public Understanding About Religion

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.

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Uncharted Waters: Millions to Find Answers About Democracy, Media, and Technology

Uncharted Waters: Millions to Find Answers About Democracy, Media, and Technology

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.

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As Local News Struggles, an Emerging Funder Looks to Support Community-led Media

As Local News Struggles, an Emerging Funder Looks to Support Community-led Media

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.

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Consumer Rights 2.0: With a Big Cash Infusion, a Nonprofit Zeroes in on Data Privacy

Consumer Rights 2.0: With a Big Cash Infusion, a Nonprofit Zeroes in on Data Privacy

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.

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Rocky Start: Unpacking the Drama at Craig Newmark’s Tech Watchdog, The Markup

Rocky Start: Unpacking the Drama at Craig Newmark’s Tech Watchdog, The Markup

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?

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Beyond the Newsroom: A Digital Media Company’s Grants to Cultivate a Diverse Journalism Workforce

Beyond the Newsroom: A Digital Media Company’s Grants to Cultivate a Diverse Journalism Workforce

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.

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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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