Program Area

Advancing journalistic excellence in the digital age

What We Fund

Knight Foundation supports free expression and journalistic excellence in the digital age. Our goal is to promote informed and engaged communities, which are vital to a healthy democracy. 

We are committed to defending the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, including freedom of the press and freedom of expression, in the face of both long-standing threats and unprecedented challenges emerging as technology changes the way we communicate. Learn more.

Our work supporting journalistic excellence is built on three pillars:

  • Technology innovation: We invest in ideas that leverage technology and data for reporting and storytelling, engaging and empowering audiences, and combating mis/disinformation. We also seek to advance the responsible use of artificial intelligence and identify potentially game-changing technologies to advance the practice of journalism. Learn more.

  • Local news: We support the development of sustainable, replicable business models to support local news. We invest in innovative approaches to local journalism, including new audience engagement strategies to expand quality reporting, rebuild trust and increase civic engagement. We help public media, traditional news organizations and local TV news stations keep up with the changing ways people are consuming and engaging with news and information. Learn more.

  • Talent and learning: We invest in people and networks driving innovation and diversity in journalism, accelerating the digital and cultural transformation of the field. We promote digital literacy among citizens. We help journalists prepare for the future through peer-to-peer learning, skills training and leadership development. We underpin journalism education through endowed Knight Chairs at major universities. Learn more.

Several aspects of our work are currently aligned in our Trust, Media and Democracy initiative. The initiative includes grantmaking, research, convenings and a Knight Commission drawn from across media, law and academia. The Commission is seeking powerful solutions to the crisis of trust in institutions — including the media — that weaken our democracy. Learn more.

On Feb. 19, 2019, Knight announced that it would double its investment in strengthening journalism to $300 million over five years, with a focus on building the future of local news and information, which are essential for democracy to function. See how you can get involved.

Journalism staff



Director/Journalism + Technology Innovation



Executive Assistant/Journalism