Media Moves

The Nation launches fund for independent journalism

May 12, 2021

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

The Nation has announced the launch of The Nation Fund for Independent Journalism, a new nonprofit organization that marks sustained commitment to the excellence and future of independent journalism.

The fund will expand on The Nation’s dedication to fostering and mentoring early-career journalists while also developing rigorous educational programs to train the next generation of independent journalists.

Erin O’Mara, executive director of The Nation Fund said:

“The Nation Fund for Independent Journalism gives space and opportunity for programs seeded by the magazine to grow sustainably, While The Nation has long been grateful for its committed donor base, we’ve also long been aware that many wanted the opportunity to do more.

“The Nation Fund provides our generous donors with an opportunity to expand their support through the benefit of tax-deductible gifts. As a nonprofit, we will also be able to seek new sources of support that benefit media in the public interest. And while reaching a broader philanthropic community, we vow to continue to expand our reach, our message, and our mission.”

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editorial director and publisher of The Nation added:

The Nation’s student journalists are the future of media. We have a proud and remarkable track record of launching early-career journalists who have gone to on to make an indelible impact on our industry—and our world. From The New York Times to The New Yorker to our own masthead, The Nation has seeded the industry with the talent, passion, and know-how to produce award-winning, fact-based accountability journalism.

“I myself was an intern, and have long valued and drawn upon the critical training and confidence the program instilled in me.”

Sarah Burke, development director of The Nation Fund commented:

“We’re at an inflection point in our industry—we must prioritize the diversity of our newsrooms, of management, and of the content journalists produce in order for independent journalism to truly rise to cover this moment. We believe this move will allow our educational mission the space and support to grow to new heights that weren’t possible within the magazine.”


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