The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation (EEJF) announced Friday the distribution of $1.5 million in grants to 19 journalism organizations nationwide.
Founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism 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.
“EEJF focused a large majority of available funds toward nonprofit investigative news organizations this grant cycle,” said Bob Ross, president and CEO of Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. “These organizations are primarily startups with exciting new business models, each filling a void left by traditional news organizations.”
To learn more about Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, go to www.journalismfoundation.org or call 604-5388.
The grants awarded to organizations for projects addressing the foundation's core areas of focus are:
• $150,000 to Brandeis University for the Investigative Journalism Fellowship program, providing editorial and institutional support to independent journalists investigating government and corporate misconduct, fraud and corruption, injustice and human rights violations.
• $125,000 to Investigative News Network to increase editorial collaborations, share resources, provide back-office training and develop revenue generating programs for member nonprofit journalism centers.
• $100,000 to Center for Investigative Reporting to expand existing collaborations, create replicable new models for collaboration, and develop new revenue opportunities to help sustain nonprofit journalism.
• $100,000 to Fund for Investigative Journalism for grants and editorial guidance for independent investigative reporters, financially supporting accountability reporting in the U.S. and addressing the gap in coverage once offered by traditional media.
• $100,000 to InvestigateWest for Pacific Northwest Network, increasing the number of media partners providing investigative and public service news coverage in the region, diversifying funding sources and examining new strategies to support and expand journalism.
• $100,000 to Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network for general support of I-News, including a valuation of services by setting price points and sharing what's learned with others looking for ways to sustain in-depth journalism in their communities.
• $100,000 to Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism to expand leadership roles in transparency, ethics, training and high standards of accuracy and to share learning with other nonprofit investigative centers.
• $85,000 to The Lens to build capacity of reporting, board, staff, social media, fundraising and back-office operations. The Lens produces watchdog journalism to empower New Orleanians to advocate for accountable governance.
• $80,000 to FairWarning for creation of a freelance fund to increase output of investigative stories on safety and health issues, and for fundraising, marketing and sustainability research and planning.
• $75,000 to American University for Investigative Reporting Workshop for continued development of new approaches and new thinking for the creation and delivery of high-quality investigative journalism.
• $10,000 to WYPR for a yearlong investigative reporting and media project about how race and class divide Baltimore.
• $100,000 to Investigative Reporters and Editors for the Better Watchdog Workshop series, training journalists to use documents and data to hold government, business and community leaders accountable.
• $50,000 to Education Writers Association to upgrade online tools and resources for journalists who cover education, enhancing knowledge of key topics and building capacity to effectively cover education issues.
• $25,000 to American Copy Editors Society for development of training materials and marketing plans for a series of intensive, one-day regional training sessions focusing on challenges in the digital age.
• $25,000 to Society of American Business Editors and Writers for regional workshops focusing on investigative reporting for business journalists and for a program to support investigative reporting skills at small to mid-sized media outlets.
• $85,000 to University of Oklahoma Foundation for Oklahoma Scholastic Media Initiative to disburse grants for equipment, software and training to high schools starting or improving newspapers.
• $40,000 to Fund for American Studies for the Institute on Political Journalism, introducing college journalists to the principles of free market economics and ethics while providing practical experience in political journalism.
• 55,750 to Syracuse University to compile detailed records about every FOIA denial at the administrative level as they occur on an agency-by-agency basis to publicly spotlight those who ignore the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.
• $50,000 to Oklahoma City University Mass Communications Department to produce a biweekly television show to analyze and critique reporting of political issues, candidates, debates and campaign strategies during 2012, leading up to the November election.