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Ground Truth Project

Grants to Ground Truth Project

  • $150,000

    2017 (Duration 1 year)

    Journalism & Media

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — The Groundtruth Project is a nonprofit news organization that aims to provide long-form international reporting to American audiences and develop a new generation of foreign correspondents with deep knowledge and respect for the places and people about which they report. GroundTruth’s multimedia reports focus on large systemic issues and aim to appeal to and inform primarily younger audiences. This grant provides general support for Groundtruth and is intended to help strengthen institutional infrastructure and grow the fellowship program.

  • $300,000

    2015 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — The GroundTruth Project (GroundTruth) is a nonprofit news organization that grew out of GlobalPost, a for-profit digital news site for international reporting started in 2009. GroundTruth was initially a special project focused on long-form feature reports for GlobalPost. In 2014, Charlie Sennott, a co-founder of GlobalPost and former veteran foreign correspondent with the Boston Globe, transformed GroundTruth into an independent nonprofit news organization in order to support more long-form, multimedia reporting on systemic issues which could be distributed through news outlets beyond GlobalPost, and to develop and train a new generation of foreign correspondents that would better report on issues of interest to younger news consumers. MacArthur support would enable GroundTruth to expand its editorial team, strengthen its capability to produce multimedia reports, and improve its utilization of technology and social media to expand its audience. The intended outcome is explanatory journalism on important international topics that provides Americans with a richer and more nuanced view of the world and a more intelligent context for understanding international headlines.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Ground Truth Project $450,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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