The Journalism & Media program seeks to promote and amplify just and inclusive news and narratives, based on the belief that accurate, inspiring, and challenging media plays an important role in informing, engaging, and activating individuals and groups to take part in democratic practices and processes.
To build and strengthen organizations creating and disseminating just and inclusive news and narratives, the program supports work in three areas:
- Professional Nonprofit Reporting
- Nonfiction Multimedia Storytelling
- Participatory Civic Media
In each of the three areas, the program pursues the following objectives:
- Build strong, independent, and sustainable organizations and networks that exemplify leadership and innovation in their fields and create and disseminate content and programming by, about, and for a diverse American public.
- Address barriers that limit the creation of, access to, or participation in media activities, including the legal, safety, digital security, and technological challenges facing organizations and individuals.
- Promote learning, leadership, innovation, and field-building opportunities that explore timely and emerging issues related to the production, dissemination, and engagement with journalism and media.
What MacArthur Funds
In Professional Nonprofit Reporting, MacArthur funds the following types of organizations:
- National nonprofit journalism organizations that pursue explanatory, investigative, and/or international reporting primarily for American audiences.
- National organizations that address the legal, safety, and security challenges facing journalists.
- Organizations and activities that support the infrastructure for, and contribute to learning and innovation in, the field of nonprofit journalism.
In Nonfiction Multimedia Storytelling, MacArthur funds the following types of organizations:
- National and regional organizations that fund, produce, and/or disseminate artfully crafted nonfiction storytelling projects on contemporary social issues for broadcast, web, and mobile.
- National and regional organizations that provide training, mentoring, and support to diversify the talent pipeline for the field of nonfiction multimedia storytelling.
- Organizations and activities that support the infrastructure for, and contribute to learning and innovation in, the field of nonfiction multimedia storytelling.
In Civic Media, MacArthur funds the following types of organizations:
- National organizations that mobilize and support individuals and groups to use digital media to express and organize themselves for social change.
- National, regional, and local organizations that identify, train, and encourage individuals and groups, particularly from traditionally under-represented communities, to engage in civic media activities.
- Organizations and activities that support the infrastructure for, and contribute to learning and innovation in, the field of civic media.
In Chicago, the Journalism and Media work is conducted through the Jack Fuller Legacy Initiative, which was created in honor of the late Jack Fuller, MacArthur Trustee and Editor and Publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The Fuller Initiative’s values and priorities are rooted in Jack Fuller’s strong belief that good journalism and civic engagement are inextricably linked. The goal of the Initiative is to more deliberately connect the act of journalism and media making to civic engagement and empowerment; and to nurture a new generation of diverse leaders and potential leaders in Chicago’s journalism and media institutions. The Fuller Initiative funds the following types of organizations:
- Organizations pursuing journalism and media that explicitly address the city’s socioeconomic disparities and gaps in media representation.
- Organizations that are led and/or predominantly staffed by persons of color.
- Organizations that can re-grant MacArthur funds to smaller media organizations or short-term media projects.
Updated May 2020