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Excellence and Access in Journalism

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Journalists perform a critical role in democracies around the world but are facing deep challenges to their work on multiple fronts. We hope to contribute to the strength of the field by encouraging journalists to reach their fullest potential and by helping deepen the bench of journalistic expertise through organizations like iMEdD.

iMEdD: Supporting transparency and independence in journalism

The incubator for Media Education and Development (iMEdD) is a nonprofit organization based in Athens established in 2018 with exclusive support from SNF. Its mission is to support and promote transparency, credibility, independence, and excellence in journalism. Six primary pillars guide the organization’s work:

  • The ideas zone aims to foster exchange of expertise and best practices in journalism through thematic workshops and events with guest speakers from Greece and abroad.
  • The organization’s incubator hosts both existing organizations with bold new ideas for contributing to the field and people with plans for creating new organizations to address unmet needs in the field.
  • Through Bridge, iMEdD develops collaborations with other projects in Greece and abroad, emphasizing journalism’s role as a means of expression and vehicle of democracy.
  • Lab focuses on production and dissemination of interactive journalistic research, data analysis projects, and stories that use multimedia and innovative journalistic tools.
  • The goal of Inside the Box is to share ideas, know-how, and best practices, as well as to implement projects related to SNF’s work, including the SNF DIALOGUES.
  • Out of the Box aims to collaboratively organize and implement experimental and innovative journalism projects.
The New York Times Headway initiative
New York Times building

Headway, an initiative from The New York Times supported by SNF, will give the public free access to new in-depth reporting on the environment, health, infrastructure, the economy, and social issues that looks beyond the daily churn of news.

Financial Journalism Training from Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa
Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa conference
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The program looks to enhance business and financial reporting capacity that can encourage accountability and sound governance, reaching people in more than a dozen countries.

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Journalism Bootcamp
CSIS Journalism Bootcamp participants
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The CSIS Journalism Bootcamp offers college students and others an immersive week of workshops with policy experts and multimedia producers at CSIS, featuring deep-dive seminars focusing on current media topics and culminating in a participant-driven long-form reporting project. Recent final projects include:

THE CITY: Local Reporting for New Yorkers
THE CITY homepage
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THE CITY, free without a subscription, is dedicated to restoring local news to New York City. By utilizing traditional beat coverage, THE CITY produces consistent accountability reporting that brings previously untold stories back to New York City’s local news cycle.

SNF Program Officer Casey Russo
Celebrating exceptional photojournalism from around the world in Athens
Empty hospital bed in front of a religious fresco
Photo: Fabio Bucciarelli, Winner of the 2020 Yannis Behrakis Award

Athens Photo World brings together photojournalists from around the globe and provides a public forum to appreciate the vital role they play in helping us understand and feel the human dimension of current events.

Greek Journalists Build Skills at Columbia University

Through a three-year partnership with Columbia University’s School of Journalism, SNF supported scholarships for Greek journalists to join summer professional development programs in coding and data analysis, video journalism, and investigative reporting.
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Learn more about SNF’s support for creating space for robust civic life, thriving culture, and healthy democracies