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News Integrity Initiative teams up with international partners, announces $2.5 million in grants

2 November 2017 | PRESS RELEASE

 

(New York, November 2, 2017) The News Integrity Initiative at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is pleased to announce $2.5 million in grants to Internews and the European Journalism Centre to support community-focused journalism around the globe.

“Internews and European Journalism Centre, combined, work in more than 150 countries,” noted Jeff Jarvis, NII executive committee member and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY J-School. “We want to listen and learn from their extensive networks of newsrooms, nonprofits and other partners around the world. We also look forward to sharing ideas and examples of innovative, community-first journalism.”

NII is building an alliance of partners from different sectors – academia, media, tech, nonprofits, community organizations and others - devoted to a vision of journalism that serves as a force for building trust, empathy and solutions in our communities.

Following are details of the two grants:

European Journalism Centre ($1,500,000)

The Engaged Journalism Accelerator will offer a comprehensive accelerator program to help newsrooms develop tools and reporting that empower communities and their conversations across Europe. This two-year grant includes support for a prototype fund to kickstart the next generation of engaged journalism pioneers and projects, as well as a cross-border training series and mentoring program.

The European Journalism Centre is an international non-profit foundation that connects journalists with new ideas. Since 1992, through grants, events, training and media development, the European Journalism Centre has been building a sustainable, ethical and innovative future for journalism.

Website: http://ejc.net/

Internews ($1,000,000)

To create the Global Media Solutions Coalition, which will research, support and share systemic solutions to the decline of high quality, local news and information around the world and the increase in disinformation, hate speech and increasing polarization. This two-year grant also supports regional gatherings, beginning with Asia and Africa, to grow membership in the Coalition while also capturing ideas and resources for an Online Solutions Library.

The Global Media Solutions Coalition’s inaugural partners include Internews, the News Integrity Initiative, The London School of Economics / POLIS, Bloomberg, LP, The Global Forum for Media Development and GSMA Mobile for Development.

Website: https://www.internews.org/

In addition to these two grants, NII has previously announced grants totaling nearly $2 million to foster trust between newsrooms and the public, and nurture constructive, inclusive community conversations.

About the News Integrity Initiative
The News Integrity Initiative is a project of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Foundation under the auspices of the School’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. The fund is seeded with $14 million in grants from a coalition of partners, which currently include Facebook, Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, Ford Foundation, AppNexus, Knight Foundation, Tow Foundation, Betaworks, Mozilla, and Democracy Fund.

For more information, please visit: www.newsintegrity.com.

Contact:
Molly de Aguiar, Managing Director
News Integrity Initiative
Email: molly@newsintegrity.com
Phone: 646-758-7790

Project:
News Integrity Initiative
The Engaged Journalism Accelerator will offer a comprehensive accelerator program to help newsrooms develop tools and reporting that empower communities and their conversations across Europe. This two-year grant includes support for a prototype fund to kickstart the next generation of engaged journalism pioneers and projects, as well as a cross-border training series and mentoring program.