MacArthur today reinforced its commitment to strengthening U.S. democracy through more informed and engaged citizens, announcing expanded journalism and media grantmaking that will support professional nonprofit reporting, nonfiction multimedia storytelling, and civic media that enables new ways for people to express and organize themselves for social change.
"Independent media plays an important role in how Americans understand their community and the world, the decisions they make, and whether and how they exercise their responsibility as citizens,” said MacArthur President Julia Stasch, who announced the new commitment today at the PBS Annual Meeting. “MacArthur’s investments will strengthen and enlarge the ecosystem of independent journalism, enabling even more entrepreneurial work that makes available factual reporting, authentic stories, and diverse voices to help inform a robust public civic dialogue.”
A longtime supporter of public and independent media, the Foundation is recommitting itself to the core values of accurate, in-depth journalism and documentary storytelling while also supporting innovation and experimentation and building diversity in the field. Most of the Foundation’s support is made largely through unrestricted grants intended to preserve the independence and good work of its grantees. MacArthur’s expanded investments will:
“Unrestricted funding is especially vital to helping well-led nonprofit news organizations experiment and innovate, and enables journalists and editors the independence to pursue important stories that do not make commercial sense, particularly in the costly realms of investigative and international reporting,” said Kathy Im, MacArthur’s Director of Journalism and Media.
As part of its commitment to accountability and explanatory reporting, the Foundation is making nearly $25 million in completely unrestricted, five-year general operating grants to a core group of journalism grantees. They include:
MacArthur has supported journalism since 1983 – with a focus on independent and diverse perspectives on broadcast television and the production of independently produced documentaries. Since 2000, the Foundation has supported investigative journalism and deep and analytical reporting on television, radio, and online.