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The pursuit of mutually assured survival 

Miguel Castro 5 December 2017

Why are the worlds of philanthropy and the media still so far apart? What could and should be done to bring them together and realize the promise of a reciprocal relationship? In this special feature, we look at the space where these two worlds collide, and what happens as …


The media philanthropy space in 2017 

Eric Karstens 5 December 2017

Philanthropies now support media and journalism to a spectacular degree – some $1.3 billion annually between 2011 and 2015, a stunning amount by news industry standards. The authoritative source on the matter, the Media Grants Data Map maintained by Media Impact Funders and the Foundation Center, indicates how charitable foundations …


Philanthropists who own or back media

Andrew Milner and Charles Keidan 5 December 2017

The following is a small selection of philanthropists who have exploited the potential power of media as part of a wider philanthropic or commercial arsenal: Pierre Omidyar Founder of eBay Pierre Omidyar has, in his …

Foundation programmes on the media

Andrew Milner and Charles Keidan 5 December 2017

A number of foundations run programmes on the media in different parts of the world backing investigative journalism, maintaining journalistic standards in the digital age, increasing credibility of news and maintaining open channels of information …

Selected media organizations backed by philanthropy

Andrew Milner and Charles Keidan 5 December 2017

Malaysiakini The philanthropically-backed Malaysiakini in Malaysia was founded by Premesh Chandran and journalist Steven Gan in November 1999 as a space for uncensored journalism. It has become a significant news source in Malaysia, and claims to …

Supporting independent media in an age of misinformation

James Deane 5 December 2017

Something decisive changed in 2016 in independent media support. It wasn’t a recognition that philanthropy is important to sustaining independent media. That has been recognized for many years as seismic technological and economic shifts have …

The media’s enlightened despots

Gustavo Gorriti 5 December 2017

The death and re-birth of journalism? In Latin America, it’s a bit more complicated. There is in the United States a publication with an ominous masthead and an intriguing motto. The first is ‘Newspaper Death …

Time to rethink philanthropy journalism in East Africa

Anthony Wafula and Mendi Njonjo 5 December 2017

If we consider that journalism is about freely exchanging information based on news, views or ideas, then the context within which journalism is practised matters. In East Africa this context is challenging. Intimidation and harassment …

The crisis of civic media  

Bruce Sievers and Patrice Schneider 5 December 2017

For more than a decade ominous clouds have been gathering on the horizon of civil society. A series of recent developments has drawn those clouds into a storm that threatens everything in its path – civil society’s …

Underwriting independent media

Nienke Venema 5 December 2017

Over the last 30 years, digital disruption has caused media business models to struggle and sometimes fail. As a result, CEOs and boards of directors are faced with decisions that might benefit revenue but not …