Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation awards $1.27M in grants

From staff reports Published: February 12, 2009
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The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation announced Wednesday the distribution of $1.27 million in grants to 19 journalism organizations nationwide.

Founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, the foundation’s mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information.

Grants include


• $145,000 to Radio and Television News Directors Foundation for Preserving Ethical Journalism Standards in the Digital Age to provide training to newsroom managers, journalists, educators and students across the country.


• $120,000 to Arizona State University for the Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Journalism Ethics.


• $100,000 to Fund for Investigative Journalism, which gives grants of $500 to $10,000, to reporters working outside the protection and backing of major news organizations.


• $100,000 to International Center for Journalists for the 2009 World Affairs Journalism Fellowship program.


• $100,000 to Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, which will focus on Wisconsin communities and produce investigative journalism in the public interest.


• $85,000 to Oklahoma Scholastic Media/Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association for the Oklahoma Scholastic Journalism Initiative for micro grants to high schools starting or improving newspapers.


• $76,133 to Center for Public Integrity for the Pearl Project, a faculty-student initiative at Georgetown University investigating the circumstances of reporter Daniel Pearl’s kidnapping and murder.


• $75,000 to American University for the Investigative Reporting Workshop, which undertakes investigative reporting projects for multimedia publication or broadcast, serves as an incubator for innovative projects and as a laboratory for testing new tools and techniques.


• $75,000 to Investigative Reporters and Editors for Watchdog Workshops focusing on the best practices of investigative journalism and Web 2.