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New Report: Challenges and Opportunities for Hispanic Media in the Digital Age

By Jessica Retis / 2019 May 13th

Author Jessica Retis highlights major trends and challenges for Hispanic media in today’s digital age and offers recommendations for funders and advocates who want to support the growth of Hispanic media to serve bilingual and bicultural audiences in the United States. Read More

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Announcing the Legal Clinic Fund: Strengthening Legal Support for Local News

By Estizer Smith / 2019 May 9th

Threats to press freedom are threats to democracy. Our new Legal Clinic Fund will help ensure newsrooms have access to legal support for first amendment defense, media access, and transparency. Read More

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As We Wait for Attorney General Barr to Release the Mueller Report, What Foundations Should Do

By Joe Goldman / 2019 April 12th

Foundations are in a special position to invest in groups that will fix the problems in elections revealed by the inquiry and those that seek to restore faith in our democratic norms. Read More

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Celebrating Women Who Are Making Democracy Stronger

By Anne Gleich / 2019 March 26th

As Democracy Fund commemorates Women’s History Month, we also want to celebrate and thank our incredible women-led and women-focused grantees who are making their mark on history right now by working for a stronger, healthier American democracy. Read More

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Supporting Independent Journalists and Nonprofit Newsrooms in a Time of Unprecedented Threats

By Estizer Smith / 2019 March 25th

In an environment where newsrooms of every size are struggling to respond to growing political attacks and legal threats, independent journalists and small nonprofit newsrooms are hit particularly hard. Democracy Fund is expanding our efforts to support press freedom, including new 2019 initiatives around legal clinics, insurance infrastructure, and online harassment. Read More

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Elections Program Research: Winter 2019 Roundup

By Sarah Cole / 2019 March 18th

Learn about the latest election research from the Southern Political Science Association, new youth voter turnout research from the Center for Information and Research on Civil Learning, and preview results from our upcoming survey of local election officials. Read More

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New Report: Importance of an Independent Black Media Presence

By Angela Ford / 2019 February 28th

The Obsidian Collection’s Angela Ford reflects on findings in our new report on African American and black independent media in the United States and offers recommendations for funders and advocates who want to help ensure that newsrooms reflect and are responsive to the American people. Read More

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Op-Ed: Trump’s Emergency Declaration Threatens Philanthropy’s Core Values

By Joe Goldman / 2019 February 20th

The President’s declaration demonstrates his disregard for our Constitution and his willingness to circumvent our system of checks and balances. Declaring an emergency when none exists sets a dangerous precedent for the rule of law. It is the quintessential example of the executive branch appropriating power to itself. Read More

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NewsMatch 2018 raises $7.6 million, fueling growth in local news and investigative journalism.

By Josh Stearns / 2019 February 12th

New data from newsrooms all across the country shows that 2018 was a record-breaking year for community support of nonprofit news. Read More

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New Rules and Select Committee Create Opportunity for a More Effective Congress

By Chris Nehls / 2019 January 14th

New rules passed by the House of Representatives and the creation of a Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress reveal bipartisan momentum for improving Congress’ capacity to function and restoring public trust in government institutions. Read More

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