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We believe great journalism can change the world in extraordinary ways.

Today, there are unparalleled opportunities for journalists to transform media into powerful tools that advance equity, give voice to the voiceless, illuminate injustice, and move people to action.

It is this vision of journalism—as a vital source of education, engagement and social justice—that drives us to experiment with bold, fresh approaches to news and storytelling.

And to push journalists to produce work that makes a difference.

 

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Renaissance Journalism selects five Bay Area nonprofits to receive funding for innovative census projects

Renaissance Journalism has awarded a total of $50,000 in grants to five Bay Area news organizations to implement strategies for raising awareness and increasing participation in the upcoming 2020 Census among hard-to-count groups. The grants are part of Renaissance Journalism’s initiative, “Census 2020: “Everyone Counts” Reporting Project. They are aimed at supporting innovative, collaborative and community-focused reporting projects that target groups who have historically been undercounted by the census, such as immigrants, non-English speakers and children.

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Renaissance Journalism awards $185,000 to 20 Bay Area media nonprofits to cover Covid-19 crisis

Renaissance Journalism announced in May 2020 that it has created the Covid-19 Relief Grants for Local News Organizations and will award $185,000 to 20 nonprofit community, ethnic and university news organizations that are covering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the San Francisco Bay Area. The goal of the project is to provide emergency funding relief to a select group of nonprofit news organizations that, at great risk to their own journalists, are struggling to cover the pandemic and its impact on our area’s diverse and most vulnerable communities. At the same time many of these local news outlets face financial difficulties as the accompanying downturn in the economy has led to lost advertising, donations and other revenues.

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Renaissance Journalism is accepting grant proposals from Bay Area journalists for new Equity & Health Reporting Initiative

The twin crises of the pandemic and Black Lives Matter uprisings have laid bare deeply rooted systemic inequities and racial inequalities that have long plagued our nation. In light of this unprecedented inflection point, Renaissance Journalism is launching the Equity and Health Reporting Initiative. The project’s goal is to stimulate news media coverage, storytelling projects and/or community engagement activities in the San Francisco Bay Area that explore and investigate the impact of systemic inequities—exposed by the twin crises of 2020—on the health and well-being of our region’s most vulnerable communities. We are currently soliciting proposals from Bay Area journalists and news organizations for ambitious, in-depth and community-centric health reporting projects.

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