New Funding

The New Venture Fund awarded the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education $200,000 to support the Maynard 200 pilot, focusing particularly on entrepreneurs and leaders. The fund works to achieve a healthier, more equitable world and supports innovative and effective public interest projects.

The institute was awarded $100,000 by the News Integrity Initiative at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism to support the Maynard 200 launch. The award was among $1.8 million in grants intended to improve people’s lives by fostering trust between newsrooms and the public and by nurturing constructive, inclusive community conversations.

Launched in spring 2017, the initiative is a $14 million fund to investigate roots of mistrust in news and invest in solutions for building public support for quality journalism through grants, applied research, events and training.

“This first group of grants embodies NII’s values and vision by offering inspiring ideas, practical tools and research for newsrooms and organizations to build trust, understanding and solutions in our communities,” said Molly de Aguiar, Managing Director for the Initiative.

The Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund matched the NII grant to Maynard. “As a news consumer, I want to see a new normal, where there’s news we can all trust. The Maynard Institute is a real part of that new normal, ” said Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist.

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