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NewsMatch raises $7.6 million for nonprofit news organizations in 2018

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 12, 2019): NewsMatch raised $7.6 million from individual donors and a coalition of major funders for nonprofit news organizations in two months at the end of 2018. During the largest-ever grassroots fundraising campaign to support local news, over 240,000 people gave to 154 newsrooms between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31. More than […]

WATCH: Webinar highlights the Shorenstein Center’s research on philanthropic support for journalism

Journalism needs financial support now more than ever, and philanthropy is stepping up to revive quality journalism and reconfigure the news media ecosystem around the world. Recently, Media Impact Funders invited scholars, grantmakers and other practitioners to a webinar organized around two recent reports that shed light on the field of philanthropic support for journalism. […]

New MIF report highlights innovative approaches to journalism funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nina Sachdev, communications director, Media Impact Funders nina@mediafunders.org or 215-574-1322 Media Impact Funders, in Collaboration with Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Publishes Report on Innovative Approaches to Journalism Funding  PHILADELPHIA, PA (JUNE 20, 2018)—Media Impact Funders, a member-supported network of funders who seek to improve society […]

Chasing Coral and Newtown among Peabody Award winners

This week, the Peabody Awards announced nine winners in the Documentary category, including Chasing Coral—the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning film that uses beautiful time-lapse imagery to document the world’s dying coral reefs—and Newtown—the gripping story of a community struggling to recover from the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012. (You can view the […]

Resources for funders to address the #MeToo movement

Sexual harassment has been in the headlines since October, driven by women’s reactions to the high-profile outing of Harvey Weinstein as a serial sexual predator.

Total eclipse of the news: What happens when the president dominates the media cycle?

What can be said about President Trump that hasn’t already been said? With an overwhelming amount of news media coverage devoted to his every comment—whether on Twitter or IRL—it’s hard to even imagine waking up to a headline that’s not about him. And for the last year, we barely have.

Funders turn fresh attention to diversity in media in troubling times

The recent violence in Charlottesville, Va., has thrust racist ideas into the national conversation in ways Americans haven’t experienced before. Of course, tensions around race relations in the U.S. have been steadily building over the past few years, with high-profile protests around police shootings and a resurgence in hate groups. Intolerance in the streets has mirrored […]

Guidance on philanthropic funding of media and news

By the American Press Institute As nonprofit funding of news grows, what are the best practices for ensuring editorial independence?

"Fractured Lands" pioneers ambitious new media partnership model

By Nathalie Applewhite | managing director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Last month, Ellen Laipson, president emeritus of the Stimson Center and an expert in global policymaking, wrote an essay about a special issue of the New York Times Magazine called “Fractured Lands,” a manifestation of 18 months of reporting into why and how the Arab […]