Journalism and Media Fund

The Journalism and Media Fund was Established in 2022 to support local and regional journalism and media and build the pipeline of talent for the sector. In these days of rampant disinformation and loss of local journalism outlets, it is essential to cultivate reliable sources of news based on fact and integrity.

“Since the explosion of the pandemic that began in early 2020, at least 85 local newsrooms in the U.S. have closed. Others have barely remained in operation, cutting staff, salaries, and work hours. About 1,800 newspapers have closed around the country since 2004, according to“news desert” authority and researcher Dr. Penny Abernathy, a former professor at UNC.”  ~ The Community Foundation Local Media Guidebook

What are the benefits of the Journalism and Media Fund?

  • Support local journalists from community newsrooms to expand their reporting of “quality of life” issues in the IE.
  • Learn about and invest in news organizations doing investigative, citizen and advocacy journalism.
  • Combine your gift with others to enhance impact.
  • Network with others who are philanthropically minded and living their passion.

Your gift provides vital support to communities affected by “news deserts” and connects you with other donors and funders who are committed to amplifying community voices to bolster civic engagement and foster more active, informed communities.

To learn more about the Fund, download the Journalism and Media Fund PDF

“While an IECF board member, I started hearing about media initiatives of other California community foundations. As publisher of the Black VoiceNews and then-president of California News Publishers Association, I wanted to explore more. I was intrigued by the role we can play in building resilient communities by supporting local information ecosystems.”

PAULETTE BROWN-HINDS, PhD, Journalism and Media Fund Chair: IECF Immediate Past-Board Chair; Publisher, Black Voice News