by Joe Mandese, editor-in-chief, MediaPost
"It’s never been easier to widely distribute trustworthy news and information, yet it’s never been easier to spread and amplify disinformation too," Craigslist Founder and trustworthy journalism funder Craig Newmark wrote on his Craigconnects blog earlier this week, posting a teaser about forthcoming developments from The News Integrity Initiative (NII) at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
The initiative, which is funded via his Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, is in the process of investigating "the roots of mistrust in news," he said, alluding that solutions that will help build confidence and support for "quality journalism through grants, applied research, events, and training," are forthcoming.
The initiative recently announced $1.8 million in grants for 10 different entities:
- The News Co/Lab, a newly-launched collaborative lab at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University
- The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal Labs
- The Center for Media Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin
- Free Press’ News Voices Project in New Jersey and North Carolina
- The Listening Post Collective
- The Maynard Institute
- Public Radio International
- The Coral Project