The News Integrity Initiative Launches $14M Fund

Facebook, Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, Ford Foundation, Democracy Fund, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Tow Foundation, AppNexus, Mozilla and Betaworks are jointly launching a $14m fund focused on helping people make informed judgments about the news they read and share online.

The News Integrity Initiative, which aims to advance news literacy, to increase trust in journalism around the world, and to better inform the public conversation, will fund applied research and projects, and convene meetings with industry experts.

The initiative – which will seek out additional funders and participants – will be run as an independent project by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (an independent 501c3) under the auspices of the School’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, whose director is Professor Jeff Jarvis. It will appoint a general manager, who will report to the dean of the CUNY J-School, Sarah Bartlett.
The Journalism School will coordinate the activities of the News Integrity Initiative, including research, special projects and events.

Early participants who will contribute to conversations, host events around the world, and bring projects and research for potential funding to the Initiative’s attention include:
– Arizona State University in the U.S.
– Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in the U.S.
– Constructive Institute at Aarhus University in Denmark
– Edelman based in the U.S.
– European Journalism Centre in the Netherlands
– Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI) based in Colombia
– Hamburg Media School in Germany
– Hans-Bredow-Institut in Germany
– The Ida B. Wells Society in the U.S.
– International Center for Journalists based in the U.S.
– News Literacy Project based in the U.S.
– Polis, London School of Economics in the U.K.
– Ecole de Journalisme de Sciences Po (Sciences Po Journalism School) in France
– The Society of Publishers in Asia based in Hong Kong
– Trust Project based in the U.S.
– Walkley Foundation in Australia
– Weber Shandwick based in the U.S.
– Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales
– United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Division for Freedom of Expression and Media Development headquartered in France



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