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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

    $50,000 - Awarded July 2020

    Focus areas
    Community-Centered Journalism
    Description

    The 2020 Community Voices grant will support a information equity and community-driven storytelling project that will work in partnership with local journalists, media-makers, and residents in Camden to deepen community-newsroom relationships, equip residents with tools and platforms to share their experiences, and develop new strategies that address structural information inequities worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    $20,000 - Awarded July 2020

    Focus areas
    Youth
    Community-Centered Journalism
    Description

    The 2020 Community Voices grant will support a five month pilot for Black and Brown youth using video, feature stories and podcasts to document and archive youth voices and experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and the social uprisings in response to racist injustice and persistent state-sanctioned violence.

    $30,000 - Awarded May 2020

    Focus areas
    Community-Centered Journalism
    Description

    To produce and disseminate media coverage around mass incarceration and COVID, to train journalists to cover this topic with nuance, to support emerging journalists who seek to tell these stories.

    $15,000 - Awarded May 2020

    Focus areas
    Community-Centered Journalism
    Description

    To complete the merger between Chalkbeat and the Notebook.

    $30,000 - Awarded April 2020

    Focus areas
    Community-Centered Journalism
    Description

    COVID-19 Emergency Fund to 2019 Grantees.

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