Knight News Match to provide $1.5 million in matching grants to nonprofit news organizations

MIAMI — Dec. 19, 2016 — Amid concerns about fake news and unreliable sources of information, the role of accountability reporting and quality journalism in today’s democracy is more important than ever. To advance this goal, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today launched the Knight News Match to support select nonprofit newsrooms with matching grants up to a total of $1.5 million.

Individuals can donate now through Jan. 19, 2017 to help one or more of 57 nonprofit news organizations around the country that will be eligible to receive up to $25,000 in matching funding. People everywhere can participate by giving directly to eligible nonprofit news organizations. A full list can be found below and on the Knight Foundation website: knightfoundation.org/newsmatch.

“Journalism is facing many challenges. At the same time, the desire for quality journalism and in-depth reporting is clear, as more and more people turn to nonprofit outlets for information they can trust,” said Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation vice president for journalism. “With this effort, we are hoping to drive awareness and expand the donor base for nonprofit news organizations, big and small, that are producing journalism in the public interest. To continue their work, these news organizations need a passionate, dedicated community of supporters.”

Knight Foundation is a leading supporter of nonprofit journalism and projects that advance the practice of journalism in the digital age. The foundation continues the legacy of its founders John S. and James L. Knight, newspaper publishers who believed that informed and engaged communities were essential to a healthy democracy.

Eligible news organizations are previous recipients of Knight support. All are 501(c)(3) organizations and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

The 57 organizations included in the Knight News Match from Dec. 19, 2016 – Jan. 19, 2017 are:

Bridge Magazine, Michigan; CALmatters; Center for Collaborative Journalism; The Center for Investigative Reporting; The Center for Public Integrity; Chalkbeat; Charlottesville Tomorrow; City Limits, New York; Connecticut Health Investigative Team; Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network; The Connecticut Mirror; Florida Center for Investigative Reporting; Georgia Public Broadcasting, Macon; The Hechinger Report; inewsource; Inside Climate News; The Institute for Journalism in New Media; Institute for Nonprofit News; InvestigateWest; Investigative Post; IowaWatch; KQED | Public Media for Northern California; The Lens; The Marshall Project; MarylandReporter.com; Michigan Radio; The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting; Minnesota Public Radio; MinnPost.com; Mississippi Today; National Geographic Society; New England Center for Investigative Reporting; New Haven Independent; Nieman Lab; NJ Spotlight; Oklahoma Watch; The Open Mind; PBS NewsHour; WHYY | Philadelphia Public Radio; Philadelphia Public School Notebook; ProPublica; PublicSource; The Rapidian; Rocky Mountain PBS; Science News; St. Louis Public Radio; The Texas Tribune; Voice of OC | Investigative News Agency; Voice of San Diego; VTDigger; WDET, Detroit; WFAE 90.7, Charlotte, North Carolina; Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism; WLRN Public Radio and Television; WKSU 89.7 | Public Radio for Northeast Ohio; WTVS Detroit Public Television; WyoFile.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.

Contact: Anusha Alikhan, Director of Communications, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, 305-908-2646, [email protected]