Report: Journalism Philanthropy Has Quadrupled Since 2009

Media Impact Funders recently released their report Journalism Grantmaking: New Funding, Models and Partnerships to Sustain and Grow the Field. The research, which draws on data from their media grants mapping tool, underscores how philanthropy is playing an increasingly significant role in supporting journalism, especially local and investigative work. The report also helped to identify new business models for a competitive digital media landscape. Among the findings are how journalism-focused philanthropy has nearly quadrupled since 2009; how philanthropy is playing a critically important role in advancing new business models for the industry; how community foundations are increasingly becoming key partners in building and sustaining local news and information; and that, since 2009, community foundations have given $17 million to investigative reporting efforts.

Source: Media Impact Funders

Posted on: September 20, 2019

Velocidad to Help Latin American Startups

A new initiative will identify and invest $1.5 million in promising news media startups in Latin America. Velocidad (which means “Velocity” in Spanish) is supported by the International Center for Journalists, SembraMedia and Luminate. The funders plan a rigorous selection process. A total of 75 digital news outlets will move forward in the first round, 25 semifinalists will continue to the second and eight to 10 will be chosen to receive investments.

Source: Velocidad

Posted on: April 15, 2019

YouTube Funds Global News Groups

YouTube and the Google News Initiative announced funding for 87 news organizations in 23 countries to assist newsrooms and publishers with strengthening online video capabilities and experimenting with new formats for video journalism. Since July, hundreds of organizations submitted proposals through an open application process. The global mix includes broadcasters, traditional and digital publishers, local media, agencies and creators. Projects will focus on issues such as expansion of newsroom video operations and new ways of reporting news through video; reaching younger audiences online and exploring live and fact-checking formats; sustainability of news organizations, including work on new business models and programs to support a healthy news ecosystem.

Source: YouTube

Posted on: December 19, 2018

EC Grants €2m to Data News Networks

The European Commission has granted €1.95 million to two media initiatives designed to report, share and translate data journalism stories across the continent. The grant is split about evenly between the European Data Journalism Network, run by major media and NGOs, and the European Data News Hub, run by major wire services. The hubs will help with translation, visualization, and distribution. They include a dedicated Slack channel and a virtual help desk. 

Source: NiemanLab

Posted on: January 22, 2018

Google Funds 107 Digital News Projects

In the third round of the Digital News Initiative fund, Google has awarded more than €21m to 107 journalism projects in 27 countries across Europe. The recipients of the funding range from prototypes to medium and large projects focusing on investigative reporting, fact-checking and virtual and augmented reality. Just under half of the projects funded are collaborative, with 47 per cent of the initiatives produced in partnership between multiple organizations and across different countries.


Posted on: July 7, 2017

Omidyar Launches $100m Media Fund

A major new philanthropic fund was announced today by the Omidyar Network at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, UK. The philanthropic investment firm is pledging US$100 million to support investigative reporting, combat hate speech, and bolster civic technology. Among the first recipients is GIJN member ICIJ, which will get $4.5 million over the next three years. Omidyar's Stephen King hopes this will inspire other donors to join the cause. "This is a lot of money, but it’s also not a lot of money," he says. "We need others to step up to the plate." 

Source: Omiydar Network

Posted on: April 5, 2017

Free Funding Advice for GIJN Members

GIJN is offering its member groups free online consulting on fundraising. This is a limited program currently available only to GIJN’s 145 member organizations. Sessions are designed to last one hour and will be held over Skype or a similar platform. We'll make available expert fundraisers who have raised millions in Europe and the US. Interested? Please fill out this form. Space is limited!

Source: GIJN

Posted on: January 20, 2017

Cross-Border Reporting Grants for Russian Speakers

Russian speakers from Russia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, the Baltics, and Caucasus can apply for grants to collaborate and produce cross-border stories. Journalists will be offered funding, distance mentoring and seminars as part of the program, sponsored by Perspektivy and the Thomson Reuters, Robert Bosch, and Fritt Ord foundations.

Source: Perspektivy

Posted on: October 21, 2015

Ten Ways To Kill Your Nonprofit Newsroom

Journalists increasingly are turning to a nonprofit model to sustain serious reporting. But running a nonprofit can be as challenging as managing a for-profit. Here are 10 ways to avoid disaster, from the Nonprofit Quarterly. Among them: operating in the red and staining your reputation.

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

Posted on: January 9, 2015