PBS NewsHour Receives $3.5 Million in General Support From Foundations

PBS NewsHour Receives $3.5 Million in General Support From Foundations

The PBS NewsHour has announced general support grants totaling more than $3.5 million from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the MacArthur, Packard, and Rockefeller foundations.

The grants will support the thirty-five-year-old program's ongoing commitment to in-depth coverage of a wide range of topics, including the 2012 presidential election, the economy, international affairs, and health, science, education, and arts news. More specifically, the funds will enable NewsHour reporters and correspondents to travel the country and report on jobs and the economy, immigration issues, education reform, the environment, and views of U.S. foreign policy, as well as examine how the American electorate has changed in recent years.

The funding also will support the PBS NewsHour Digital Election Data Center, which will give Web users following this year's elections access to the same tools the NewsHour's political unit will use, including a crowdsourced translation of key political speeches in collaboration with Google+ and Mozilla; a YouTube-based platform called "Listen to Me" where users can share their views on key political issues; and electoral maps featuring live election results.

"Today, as harsh economic realities continue to take a toll both on the quality and quantity of news sources, the NewsHour remains dedicated to the highest standards of journalism around both national and global issues and events," said CCNY president Vartan Gregorian. "Carnegie Corporation, which helped to create public television, is proud to continue its tradition of supporting excellence in the public realm by joining with other foundations in funding the invaluable and irreplaceable NewsHour."