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Broadcast, digital, and print journalism that accurately reflects the lived experience of communities of color can lead to increased civic engagement (e.g. voter turnout, everyday people running for office), minimize divisive narratives that foster polarization, and provide live-saving resources that build up our communities. Major news organizations’ newsrooms, in Philadelphia and beyond, are primarily led by and staffed with white journalists, with a disproportionate number of them from elite universities. 

These media organizations, because of their lack of diversity, select and report stories that do not reflect or dignify the lived experiences of communities of color. This creates a series of problems for the newsrooms and their communities such as perpetuating harmful stereotypes, loss of trust, an unwillingness to pay for the news which weakens the news business, and communities disengaging from civic life. 

IPMF imagines nuanced and solutions-oriented journalistic coverage that leads to improved policy making, reduced harm to communities of color, and fosters meaningful civic dialogue. The Journalism program aims to build resilient systems for communicating and sharing information by supporting the training of diverse newsroom leadership, community-connected news and information, and journalism that addresses systemic inequities and systems that need to change.

What We Support

    Projects

    $220,000 - Awarded May 2021

    Focus areas
    Community-Centered Journalism
    Description

    This two-year grant will propel the expansion of a variety of community and business development initiatives toward thriving, community-centered news and information in Kensington that will begin this year and extend through 2026.

    $56,000 - Awarded May 2021

    Focus areas
    Community-Centered Journalism
    Description

    This one-year grant will support the Philly Movement Media Fellowship program for young, primarily Black and brown writers and communicators.

    $14,000 - Awarded December 2020

    Focus areas
    Community-Centered Journalism
    Description

    Providing matching dollars to seven local newsrooms—Hidden City Philadelphia, Next City, PA Post, Philadelphia Public School Notebook, Spotlight PA, Tarbell, WHYY, PBS 39 / WLVT—in support of this year-end giving campaign.

    $1,500,000 - Awarded December 2020

    Focus areas
    Community-Centered Journalism
    Description

    Three-year general operating and capacity building support.

    $150,000 - Awarded October 2020

    Focus areas
    Community-Centered Journalism
    Description

    To support Votebeat, a pop-up nonprofit newsroom covering local election administration and voting in eight states, created by Chalkbeat.

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