The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has selected over-the-air digital subchannel WORLD Channel as the recipient of a three-year grant.
The US$600,000 grant will bolster WORLD Channel’s co-producing capacity, enabling the broadcaster to continue its work in supporting diverse and emerging indie media makers.
Through 2021, WORLD Channel will work with its established network of partners – including ITVS, American Documentary Inc., The National Multicultural Alliance, Firelight Media, PBS – to connect with burgeoning filmmakers. The network will offer each director editorial and distribution support, promoting and marketing their projects, as well as collaborating on engagement campaigns across multi-platforms to generate impact for each project.
All content generated and acquired through this initiative will be showcased across WORLD’s broadcast and digital platforms via one of the ‘America ReFramed’, ‘Doc WORLD’, or ‘Local, USA’ documentary brands.
The award comes as WORLD Channel’s first co-production – Juliane Dressner and Edwin Martinez’ inspirational documentary Personal Statement (pictured) – garnered an Emmy nomination for outstanding business and economic documentary.
Personal Statement, which recently aired on the WORLD Channel strand ‘America ReFramed’, follows three high school seniors from Brooklyn intent on becoming the very resource they don’t have for themselves: peer college counselors.
One of the nation’s largest independent foundations, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has a longstanding commitment to strengthening American democracy by supporting just and inclusive news and narratives that inform, engage and activate Americans to build a more equitable future. The Foundation’s Journalism and Media program seeks to strengthen and sustain an independent media ecosystem that investigates the actions of institutions, explores the implications of policies, challenges social norms, amplifies diverse perspectives and creates opportunities for individual action and public conversations on urgent contemporary issues.
“Opening doors for multicultural non-fiction storytellers and journalists serves one of public media’s core missions: Amplifying new voices, issues and ideas,” said WORLD Channel executive producer Christopher Hastings, in a statement. “Today’s media consumers yearn for different perspectives, and WORLD Channel is known for being a trusted source for cross-cultural work from around the globe. We are incredibly grateful to have the support of the MacArthur Foundation as we expand the work we did on Personal Statement to include a wide range of projects and ideas to be presented to audiences on all platforms.”
“Through the Journalism and Media program, MacArthur strives to support the creation of media that enables informed decision making, and that provides opportunities for public conversations on urgent contemporary issues,” added Kathy Im, director of Journalism and Media at the MacArthur Foundation. “The work of WORLD Channel contributes to the Foundation’s goals of supporting just and inclusive news and narratives by helping to create and distribute nonfiction multimedia by diverse creators, sharing the different perspectives that strengthen U.S. democracy.”