What will it take to get more foundations to give money to support news and information projects?
This was the subject of a standing-room-only panel (see archived chat) at this week’s Council on Foundations annual meeting, where funders from across the country gathered to learn and talk about a new Knight Foundation guideoffering ideas and inspiration for how to get started in journalism and media grant-making.
The guide highlights a range of media grant-making examples, and I’m honored that work of The California Endowment was featured. But the questions and conversation at the panel discussion, ably moderated by Eric Newton, made me think that another guide may be needed: “How I talked my board of directors into making media grants and lived to tell about it.”
I say that because while foundation representatives clearly understood the media industry crisis and the need for high-quality news and information, there is still much anxiety about supporting independent journalism that a foundation can’t control. There is fear of what they see as the worst-case scenario, such as...