Several nonprofit news organizations—including past winners and new entrants—are celebrating this week with the announcement of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists.

*For Explanatory Reporting, the prize went to ProPublica and the criminal-justice-focused Marshall Project—funded by numerous philanthropic organizations that include the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Atlantic Philanthropies—for a collaborative exposé of massive failures by law enforcement to properly investigate reports of rape.
*For Public Service, Inside Climate News—funded by numerous philanthropic organizations that include the Ford and Knight foundations—placed as a finalist for its investigation into Exxon’s campaign to promote misinformation about climate change.
*For Investigative Reporting, the Marshall Project and the New York Times placed as a finalist for its collaborative probe of violence by corrections officers against inmates.
These news outlets and the philanthropic foundations that fund them should feel proud of this moment—and momentum. After all, six years ago, in 2010, only one Pulitzer was awarded to a nonprofit: ProPublica. (Ten years ago, ProPublica didn’t even exist, and is now one of the most respected outlets in the country.) The Pulitzer announcements this week don’t just underscore how important it has been for nonprofit news operations to pick up the slack; they show that more and more people are paying attention to these efforts.
We recently wrote about the ever-growing importance of nonprofit news organizations in a landscape full of commercial media. To be fair, for-profit media continue to produce excellent journalism. But increasingly, they’re doing it with the help of these smaller nonprofits. And we expect that more of them will be producing the kind of accountability journalism that’s worthy of a Pulitzer—and our respect.
Congratulations to all the winners—and to the foundations that helped make these important, powerful stories happen.

About the Author
Nina Sachdev

Nina Sachdev

Director of Communications

Nina Sachdev brings more than 20 years of journalism, news editing and marketing experience to her role as a communications director for Media Impact Funders (MIF). Since joining MIF in 2016, Nina has been leading efforts to showcase the power of media, journalism and storytelling to the philanthropic community. Through strategic communications, member engagement strategies and high-profile speaking events, Nina works to educate and inspire funders to make more strategic decisions about their media funding. Nina brings with her from her journalism days a special focus on sexual assault and reproductive health, and is a tireless advocate for the importance of quality, impactful media and journalism around these topics.
Nina cut her teeth in journalism at The Dallas Morning News, where—as an intern on the copy desk—she was tasked with editing the obituaries of famous people who hadn’t yet died. Since then, Nina has worked at The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, The Philadelphia Daily News and The Philadelphia Weekly in almost every editorial capacity imaginable, including senior editor, A1 editor (when that used to be a thing) and slot (does anyone remember that being a thing?).
Nina is the creator and editor of the award-winning The Survivors Project: Telling the Truth About Life After Sexual Abuse, which exposes the reality of healing from the effects of sexual abuse. Nina holds an M.A. in journalism from Temple University. She lives in Philadelphia with her family.