Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is responsive to the public and able to meet the greatest challenges facing our nation.

Democracy Fund
Who we invest in

CJR’s United States Project

These are challenging times in the journalism business—especially for local media outlets that provide critical news coverage in towns and cities around the country. Columbia Journalism Review’s United States Project delivers reporting and analysis about the local news ecosystem that highlights promising initiatives, points to new opportunities, and upholds high standards and journalistic ethics. The project also explores partnerships to foster conversations about how local journalists can meet the information needs of their communities.

“Rare is the day when the national media isn’t blanketed with commentary assessing its every move. Yet virtually uncovered is the important journalism being done by local reporters around the country whose work greatly impacts the lives of citizens and the workings of government. This project aims to change that.”

Liz Spayd
Editor in Chief





$450,000 over two years in 2011. Up to $400,000 over two years in 2014.

Why We Invested

CJR’s United States Project uses state-based correspondents to more intensively focus media criticism and press freedom at the local level, where the quality of media coverage can be essential for voters to understand the issues and make informed choices. This unique approach to improving the quality of information available to voters directly targets some of the incentives that drive the behavior of journalists and has great potential to improve the quality of political coverage.

How You Can Get Involved

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