Journalism & Media

Working to strengthen American democracy by informing, engaging, and activating Americans through deep investments in independent journalism and media. Read our strategy and the current status of our work

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What is Participatory Civic Media?

Senior Program Officer Jennifer Humke explains the Foundation’s commitment to supporting participatory civic media.
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Empowering People to Tell Their Own Stories

When we look back on the official record of these times, we are likely to see a grim representation of our society and nation. A frayed American identity marked by hostility and violence, a lack of ...
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News Match Aims to Strengthen Local Journalism

Program Officer Lauren Pabst on why MacArthur has contributed to a $3 million matching fund through News Match to support independent journalism at the local level.
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Immigrants Misrepresented in Popular Television

A media analysis by the MacArthur-supported Opportunity Agenda finds that immigrants are undrerepresented and often unfairly portrayed in popular television shows.
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IDA Documentary Film Fund Announces Inaugural Grants

The International Documentary Association announced $850,000 in grants to 11 independent documentary projects that use the tools of investigative journalism in the innaugural round of the MacArthur-supported Enterprise Documentary Fund.
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MacArthur Awards 19 Documentary Film Grants

The new grants represent MacArthur’s largest single year investment in documentaries, and they bring the total number of documentary films supported by the Foundation since 1985 to more than 300.

Staff

Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
Portrait of Kathy K. Im

Kathy K. Im

Director
Portrait of Elsa Leon

Elsa Leon

Grants Manager
Portrait of Jennifer Humke

Jennifer Humke

Senior Program Officer
Portrait of Lauren Pabst

Lauren Pabst

Senior Program Officer
Portrait of Beth Basta

Beth Basta

Team Administrator
Portrait of Maple Walker

Maple Walker

Team Coordinator

Media Contact

Portrait of Sean Harder

Sean Harder

Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

Portrait of Joanna Cohen

Joanna Cohen

Program Officer