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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Angels Are Made of Light

Showing the daily struggles and inner lives of students and teachers at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, during the closing years of America’s longest war Read More
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A virtual reality journey to the land of indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan in the remote Western Australian Pilbara desert. Read More
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Finding America

A multi-platform series inviting local citizens to help craft new and surprising stories from their community Read More
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Psych ER

Tracking the lives of people suffering from mental illness over the course of three years as they search for sanity Read More
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Quest: The Fury and the Sound

Following an African American family who, despite being victimized by gun violence, continue to embrace their community Read More
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Presenting personal and community context to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, through the eyes of local filmmaker Read More
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The Conversation

A series of short films that will serve as a catalyst for dialogue on the deep racial tension and polarization that exist in U.S. communities Read More
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The Fire and the Bird's Nest

Inspired by the stories of her ancestors, a young mother fights to protect her homeland. Read More
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The Oakland Police Project

Following the Oakland, California Police Department as it works to build trust within the community Read More
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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


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Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
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Kathy K. Im

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Jennifer Humke

Senior Program Officer
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Lauren Pabst

Program Officer

Gwendolyn W. Bolling

Team Administrator

Susan M. Salaba

Program 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, Evaluation