The MacArthur Foundation is providing nearly US$25 million in unrestricted, five-year general operating grants to a core group of media and journalism outlets, including American University and the WGBH Educational Foundation.
Through the expanded investments, the foundation will look to return to “accurate, in-depth journalism and documentary storytelling” as part of its commitment to accountability and explanatory reporting.
The WGBH Educational Foundation – a Peabody-awarded non-profit organization overseeing the WGBH stations in Boston and Springfield, Massachusetts – has received $4.2 million in funding support for PBS’ investigative journalism strand ‘Frontline.’
Meanwhile, American University, a private research post-secondary institution in Washington DC, has been awarded $1.5 million in general operating support for its Investigative Reporting Workshop, which produces original investigative reporting on a range of topics.
Other grantees include such journalistic organizations as the Center for Investigative Reporting; Center for Public Integrity; The Foundation for National Progress; Global Press Institute; The Nation Institute; National Public Radio; Public Radio International; Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; Round Earth Media; and the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
“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 in a statement.
“Unrestricted funding is especially vital to helping well-led non-profit 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,” added Kathy Im, MacArthur’s director of journalism and media.