Using Venture Philanthropy, American Journalism Project Seeks to Sustain Vital News Coverage

Using Venture Philanthropy, American Journalism Project Seeks to Sustain Vital News Coverage

Elizabeth Green  [Photo: American Journalism Project]

Elizabeth Green [Photo: American Journalism Project]

It was 2015 when an idea first began to germinate for Elizabeth Green, the co-founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization devoted to American education.

“I’d been thinking that the way philanthropy organizes in the education sector had lessons that could be applied to journalism philanthropy sector that was emerging slowly at the time—too slowly, I thought,” she said.

In the education sector, Green and her colleagues at Chalkbeat had begun to talk about how enriching it could be to create a network by which educational-publishing leaders might share and learn from one another. Green began speaking with philanthropists known to invest in journalism and suggested that they “steal from that playbook.”

Gretchen A. Peck, writing for Editor & Publisher, has the story…

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