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Welcome New Members 

Media Impact Funders is pleased to welcome new members. Membership supports convenings like our Media Impact Forums and media-related panels at a range of conferences; our work in media impact measurement; and funder conversation and briefing.Learn more about our new members.

Gates and Knight Foundations Fund New Project to Improve Measuring Media Impact

With $3.25 million in initial financing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, USC’s Norman Lear Center is poised to create a new center to advance understanding of audience engagement and media impact. Measuring how media influences the ways people think and act, and contributes to broader societal changes is something (with which) we all struggle. The hope is that journalists, media organizations and those involved in communication campaigns will be able to use this new resource to strengthen their work and impact. Read more from the Gates Blog. Read the Knight press release.

The Ford Foundation Seeks a Program Officer to lead its Media and Justice initiative, part of the Foundation’s Freedom of Expression unit.   

The Ford Foundation’s Media and Justice initiative supports high-quality news content that reaches large and influential audiences and illuminates issues of social justice. The Media and Justice Program Officer will be responsible for designing and administering a portfolio of grants that supports a broad array of journalism to inform the public on issues of social justice. This initiative recognizes the vital role that principled journalism plays in
our democracy’s civic discourse – helping to drive
accountability and fairness, and bringing attention to under-covered and difficult issues. Click here for a full description and to apply.

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Knight Gives $1.5 million to Texas Tribune

(Via Knight Foundation Blog)

Less than three years after launch, The Texas Tribune has become one of the most successful experiments in nonprofit online news. Knight Foundation supported its initial launch as part of an initiative to develop new nonprofit news models. Today we announced an additional $1.5 million investment to develop this model further. We crafted the grant to build on the Tribune’s success, contribute to its long-term sustainability and to extend its approaches and lessons more broadly to other news organizations. Read full release.

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