Every year, millions of Americans mark the Tuesday after Thanksgiving by donating to nonprofit and philanthropic causes as part of Giving Tuesday. This year, The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch is proud to participate in News Match—the largest-ever grassroots campaign to strengthen nonprofit journalism across the United States— that is launching #GivingNewsDay as part of this nationwide effort.
“We know a lot of worthy organizations need support on Giving Tuesday but we think we are doing something good at IowaWatch, too, and that it’s worthy of your support if you care about how news is reported and journalists are trained,” the center’s executive director-editor, Lyle Muller, said. “Without your support the stories we report go untold and the students we work with miss opportunities to become better journalists.”
With a goal of making 2017 a record-breaking year for donations to nonprofit news, IowaWatch is joining more than 100 local and investigative newsrooms who are eligible to receive up to $28,000 each in matching grants, totaling more than $6 million in new support for journalism.
IowaWatch is a non-profit, non-partisan news organization that does investigative and community affairs journalism in collaboration with other newsrooms and trains college students to do this in-depth reporting at a high level. Its stories are at IowaWatch.org, news outlets that publish or air them and in an award-winning weekly radio program, the IowaWatch Connection, that airs on 20 radio stations. IowaWatch’s most recent reports told of Vietnam War veterans’ reflections, what Iowa must do about a pending increase in Alzheimer’s disease in the state and how sheriffs enforce Iowa’s gun permit laws.
News Match 2017 was launched by Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation to support nonprofit news organizations like IowaWatch that play a vital role informing the public and holding those in power accountable. “Trusted nonprofit news organizations like IowaWatch are essential to building stronger communities, holding our decision makers accountable, and providing people with the information they need to contribute to civic change. Ensuring they have a bright future is in all of our interests,” said Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation vice president for journalism.
Anyone can contribute by going to newsmatch.org between now and the end of the year.
All news organizations participating in News Match are members in good standing of the Institute for Nonprofit News. To be a member, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) or have a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor, must be transparent about funding sources, and produce investigative and/or public-service reporting. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Visit newsmatch.org for more information.
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About The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch:
The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch produces investigative and public affairs journalism in collaboration with other Iowa newsrooms and works one-on-one with college students who want to produce this kind of journalism at a professional, ethical level. It is an Institute for Nonprofit News member. For more, go to IowaWatch.org.
About the Institute for Nonprofit News:
The Institute for Nonprofit News is an incubator and support network for nonprofit newsrooms, strengthening the sources of independent, public service information and investigative journalism for thousands of communities across the U.S. INN is the only organization in the U.S. specifically focused on supporting the emerging nonprofit news sector. For more, visit INN.org.
About Democracy Fund:
The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation established by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar to help ensure that our political system can withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Since 2011, Democracy Fund has invested more than $60 million in support of effective governance, modern elections, and a vibrant public square. For more, visit democracyfund.org.
About the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation:
Founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation’s mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information. For more, visit journalismfoundation.org.
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation:
Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.
About the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation:
The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago. More information is available at macfound.org.
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