The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced awards totaling $2 million in support of investigative environmental reporting and efforts to promote and protect press freedom.
Announced by HFPA during this year's Golden Globe Awards ceremony, the funding includes a grant of $1 million to InsideClimate News, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization, in support of its investigative reporting, an expansion of its National Environment Reporting Network, and scholarships for high school students interested in attending its summer Institute for Environmental Journalism; and a donation of $1 million to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which was established in 1970 by leading journalists and media players to provide free legal assistance to and on behalf of journalists. In addition, a portion of the funds will be used to support the development of a public awareness campaign highlighting the critical role that journalists play in a democratic society.
"There has always been tension between the government and the press who cover it, but in the past few years, both the political and the economic climate have made the need for the Reporters Committee and its services even greater," said RCFP chair David Boardman, dean of the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University. "We stand at the ready because the First Amendment and a robust free press are not something we can risk."
"All of us at InsideClimate News are enormously grateful and honored to receive this generous support from peers in our profession and recognition during the Golden Globe Awards," said ICN founder and publisher David Sassoon. "Our dedicated newsroom, now in its twelfth year, has been filling an important niche in journalism, covering one of the most consequential stories of our time with depth and consistency. Climate and environmental reporting are only getting more vital with each passing day. Long live real news."