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Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Announces $1.225 Million in Awards

OKLAHOMA CITY — Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation (EEJF) announced today the distribution of $1.225 million in grants to 20 journalism organizations nationwide.

Founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation’s mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information.

The following grants were awarded to organizations for projects addressing the foundation’s core areas of focus:

Investigative Reporting

  • $100,000 to Center for Investigative Reporting to support local and national partnerships for the Reveal radio show and podcast, and the Reveal Local Labs initiative.
  • $100,000 to Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting to produce stories that report the actions of government officials and institutions.
  • $50,000 to Better Government Association for the BGA Data Hub, an online platform that consolidates government performance data.
  • $50,000 to CALmatters to increase capacity to produce watchdog reporting and accessible data-driven products.
  • $50,000 to Injustice Watch for in-depth reporting focused on criminal justice, citizens who are poorly served by the system, and the policies that perpetuate inequities.
  • $50,000 to Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting to build donor base and revenue; and to reach more people through audience growth initiatives and events.
  • $50,000 to New Mexico In Depth to become sustainable through a diversified business model and a stronger community engagement program.
  • $50,000 to San Francisco Public Press to launch, produce, promote and grow a daily original audio program, City Hall Radio.
  • $50,000 to Texas Tribune to support investigative reporting as part of larger audience-growth strategy which includes expanding partnerships and increasing capacity.
  • $50,000 to War Horse to develop and expand newsroom, implement strategic plan and publish reporting that will continue to influence public policy.

Oklahoma Journalism

  • $50,000 to Montclair State University’s Center for Cooperative Media to seed and support five collaborative journalism projects in Oklahoma City.
  • $50,000 to Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation for salaries of college journalism students working summer internships at community newspapers.
  • $50,000 to Oklahoma State University to expand KOSU’s community engagement efforts.

Professional Development 

  • $100,000 to Institute for Nonprofit News to build business performance among nonprofit news leaders.
  • $50,000 to Carole Kneeland Project to support news executives as they seek to become more effective leaders with better balanced lives.
  • $20,000 to Poynter Institute for the Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media and the Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Journalism.

Special Opportunities

  • $100,000 to University of Denver for Colorado Media Project’s work to strengthen Colorado’s diverse local news ecosystem by building newsroom capacity, supporting collaboration, and fostering community.
  • $80,000 to Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press for a legal fellowship for lawyers in the early stages of their careers, working on a range of First Amendment issues.
  • $75,000 to National Press Club Journalism Institute to produce two forums of Kalb Report focusing on press freedom, ethics, leadership, and lessons learned.
  • $50,000 to News Revenue Hub to determine effective strategies and products for building reader loyalty.

To learn more about projects funded by Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation visit or call 405-604-5388.

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