Grantee Profile

American University

Grants to American University

  • $1,500,000

    2015 (Duration 5 years)

    Journalism & Media

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Investigative Reporting Workshop is a professional, nonprofit newsroom operating within the School of Communications at American University. The Workshop produces original investigative reporting on a wide range of topics including the environment, health, criminal justice, national security, immigration, and the economy. It works in collaboration with a range of news outlets across the United States to develop and disseminate stories and projects about government and corporate accountability, while also training journalism students in the craft of investigative reporting. The Workshop produces reports on a variety of media platforms, and is also collaborating with other academic disciplines on the development of a new field called “Accountability Studies,” which bridges journalism, data, and social sciences to establish new methods for holding those in public and private power accountable to the public.

  • $80,000

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Center for Media and Social Impact, based at the American University School of Communications, undertakes research to support the field of nonfiction social issue media. This project will research the ethical, legal, and communications’ challenges that filmmakers may face when documenting controversial issues and abuses of power, and provide them with resources and guidance on filmmaking, ethical, legal, and communications processes that will protect themselves and their sources.

  • $600,000

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Investigative Reporting Workshop, a professional newsroom, is a project of the School of Communications at American University. It trains a new generation of investigative reporters by pairing graduate students with seasoned reporters. The teams conduct in-depth investigations on an array of underreported topics of national and international significance, including the banking sector, government accountability, climate change, immigration, and more. This grant will support new and ongoing investigations, and the reporting of these stories in multiple forms for different media.

  • $600,000

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — To support the Investigative Reporting Workshop (over three years).

  • $100,000

    2005 (Inactive Grant)


    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In support of a project to document and disseminate a collection of best practices that would help guide the use of copyrighted materials in new documentary film productions.

  • $68,000

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — For a study on increasing public use of documentary films.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded American University $2,948,000 between 1978 and 2018.

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