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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.

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    $425,000 - Awarded July 2019

    Focus areas
    Community-Centered Journalism
    Description

    This two-year grant will strengthen the community-centered journalism projects in Germantown, in which residents are helping to create news coverage of issues important to their neighborhoods. Funding is designed to foster long-term sustainability and continuity through community staff positions, advisory groups, and the hiring of program alumni.

    $425,000 - Awarded July 2019

    Focus areas
    Community-Centered Journalism
    Description

    This two-year grant will strengthen the community-centered journalism projects in Kensington, in which residents are helping to create news coverage of issues important to their neighborhoods. Funding is designed to foster long-term sustainability and continuity through community staff positions, advisory groups, and the hiring of program alumni.

    $1,300,000 - Awarded July 2019

    Focus areas
    Community-Centered Journalism
    Description

    This two-year funder collaboration between Lenfest and IPMF will further these efforts by supporting cultural competency training for Inquirer staff as well as professional development, entrepreneurial skills, and creative opportunities for entry-level, mid-level and senior managers of color throughout the region. Alongside these concrete efforts, this collaboration will provide flexible funding for research, business assistance, and convening of Philadelphia-area multi-cultural media.

    The grant will also help fund strategic planning for Resolve Philadelphia, a journalism project built on equity, collaboration among multiple media properties, and the elevation of community voices and solutions.

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