Can Charitable Foundations Save Independent Journalism?

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Tuesday, February 28
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST
(Lunch provided)

National Endowment for Democracy
1025 F Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20004

Tim Isgitt, Managing Director, Humanity United
Tom Rosenstiel, Executive Director, American Press Institute
Anya Schiffrin, Director of Technology, Media and Advocacy Specialization, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs

Nicholas Benequista, Research Manager and Editor, Center for International Media Assistance

Event Description:

Faced with the decline of traditional business models, media houses have increasingly turned to private foundations to finance their journalism, particularly in the Global South. But do such partnerships endanger their independence? At a time when nonprofit support may be essential to struggling media houses, what steps can be taken to ensure the support itself does not compromise editorial and journalistic independence?

Consulting journalists, donors, and intermediaries across the world, Anya Schiffrin tackles these questions in an upcoming CIMA report, “Same Beds, Different Dreams? Charitable Foundations and Newsroom Independence in the Global South.” Join CIMA on Tuesday, February 28, as Schiffrin leads this vital conversation, alongside Tim Isgitt, managing director of Humanity United, and Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute and lead on the API’s recently published guidelines for nonprofit funding of media and news.