The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation in Oklahoma City has announced grants totaling $1.24 million to nineteen journalism organizations around the country.
The grants will support organizations working in the areas of investigative reporting, Oklahoma journalism, professional development, and special opportunities. Recipients include the Center for Investigative Reporting, which was awarded $100,000 in support of co-productions and collaborations with other news organizations through its Reveal radio show and podcast; the GroundTruth Project, which will receive $50,000 for Crossing the Divide, a twelve-week reporting journey across the country with a multidisciplinary team of five recent college journalism graduates; the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation, which was awarded $50,430 to fund the salaries of college journalism students working summer internships at community newspapers; the Institute for Nonprofit News, which will receive $100,000 to strengthen the business performance of various nonprofit news leaders; and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which was awarded $85,000 in support of a legal fellowship for media lawyers in the early stages of their careers who are working on First Amendment issues.
"Our grantees provide essential investigative coverage at the local, state, and national level," said EEJF president and CEO Bob Ross. "The ability to dig deep into topics and go beyond the daily news cycle allows these organizations to be impactful."