The City University of New York has announced the launch of a $14 million initiative aimed at helping people make informed judgments about the news they read and share online.
Funded by Facebook, the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, the Ford Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Tow Foundation, AppNexus, Mozilla, and Betaworks, the News Integrity Initiative will work to advance news literacy, increase trust in journalism around the world, and better inform public conversation. To be administered by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism's Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, the initiative will support applied research projects and convene meetings with industry experts from around the world.
Early participants expected to contribute to those conversations, host related events, and propose projects include Arizona State University, the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (Colombia), the European Journalism Centre (Netherlands), and UNESCO's Division for Freedom of Expression and Media Development.
"As part of the Facebook Journalism Project, we want to give people the tools necessary to be discerning about the information they see online," said Campbell Brown, Facebook's head of news partnerships. "Improving news literacy is a global concern, and this diverse group assembled by CUNY brings together experts from around the world to work toward building more informed communities."