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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"The State of Arizona" Documentary Film

"The State of Arizona", directed by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini, is a nuanced look at the implications of Arizona’s SB 1070, through the stories of opponents and supporters of the controversial law. Read More
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"The Undocumented" Documentary Film

"The Undocumented", directed by Marco Williams, is a close look at the impacts of U.S.-Mexico border policy, through the stories of unauthorized immigrants who lose their lives crossing the deadly Arizona desert. Read More
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Introductory Remarks by MacArthur President Robert Gallucci at Preview Screening of "Electoral Dysfunction"

A film screening sponsored by MacArthur, The Brennan Center for Justice, the Joyce Foundation, and WTTW, the documentary "Electoral Dysfunction" takes an irreverent–but nonpartisan–look at the voting process and its impact on American democracy. Read More
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MacArthur Grantees Win Emmy Awards

MacArthur-supported programs P.O.V., Independent Lens, and Frontline were honored at this year’s News & Documentary Emmy Awards. Read More

"The Right to Vote"

From The New York Times
Featuring an op-doc produced by MacArthur-supported Center for Independent Documentary
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Ira Glass on the Role of Public Media

Ira Glass, host of This American Life, discusses the role of public media in sharing unique stories. This American Life is weekly a public radio show produced by WBEZ and broadcast to about 1.8 million ...

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Steve James on the Role of Public Media

Steve James, director and producer at Kartemquin Films, discusses the role of public media in sharing individual stories. Kartemquin Films has been making documentaries, like Hoop Dreams and The Interrupters, that examine and critique society through ...

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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. Read More

Staff

Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
Portrait of Kathy K. Im

Kathy K. Im

Director, Journalism & Media
Portrait of Elsa Leon

Elsa Leon

Grants Manager
Portrait of Jennifer Humke

Jennifer Humke

Senior Program Officer
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Lauren Pabst

Program Officer
Portrait of Beth Basta

Beth Basta

Team Administrator
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Maple Walker

Team Coordinator

Media Contact

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Sean Harder

Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Joanna Cohen

Program Officer