An Expansive Survey Assesses Funders’ Surging Interest in Journalism — and Potential Growing Pains

On August 30, American Journalism Project President Sarabeth Berman reported that since the project’s launch in 2019, it has committed over $42 million to 41 nonprofit news outlets and galvanized $53 million to stand up local news initiatives. And a week after that, a coalition of 22 funders, including the MacArthur, Ford and Hewlett foundations, announced Press Forward, a five-year initiative that aims to disburse more than $500 million to boost local news.

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