03 April 2017
Constructive Institute part of a global consortium to increase trust in journalism
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Founding Funders Include Facebook, Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, Ford Foundation, Democracy Fund, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Tow Foundation, AppNexus, Mozilla and Betaworks

Global Consortium Will Be Administered By The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

APRIL 3, 2017 — A group of tech industry leaders, academic institutions, non-profits and other organizations are jointly launching a $14 million fund to support the News Integrity Initiative, a global consortium focused on helping people make informed judgments about the news they read and share online. The Initiative’s mission is to advance news literacy, to increase trust in journalism around the world, and to better inform the public conversation. The Initiative will fund applied research and projects, and convene meetings with industry experts.

The founding funders are Facebook, the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, the Ford Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Tow Foundation, AppNexus, Mozilla and Betaworks.

The News Integrity Initiative will be run as an independent project by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism under the auspices of the School’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, whose director is Professor Jeff Jarvis. The Initiative will appoint a general manager, who will report to the dean of the CUNY J-School, Sarah Bartlett. The Journalism School will coordinate the activities of the News Integrity Initiative, including research, special projects and events.

“By locating the News Integrity Initiative at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, our faculty and students will have a unique opportunity to engage with researchers and technologists, attend events and conduct experiments aimed at building greater trust in our profession,” says CUNY J-School Dean Sarah Bartlett. “It’s hard to think of a more important role for a public graduate school of journalism.”

“As part of the Facebook Journalism Project, we want to give people the tools necessary to be discerning about the information they see online,” said Campbell Brown, Facebook’s Head of News Partnerships. “Improving news literacy is a global concern, and this diverse group assembled by CUNY brings together experts from around the world to work toward building more informed communities.”

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“In high school U.S. history, I learned that a trustworthy press is the immune system of democracy,” said Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund. “As a news consumer, like most folks, I want news we can trust. That means standing up for trustworthy news media and learning how to spot clickbait and deceptive news.”

“Creation of a funders consortium emerged as a major theme from the Facebook-ASU news literacy working group meeting just a month ago,” said Dan Gillmor, author and professor at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. “Today’s announcement sends a strong signal that news literacy matters. We can’t upgrade only just the supply of news. We need to upgrade ourselves, to become better, more active media users, as consumers and creators.”

Early participants who will contribute to conversations, host events around the world, and bring projects and research for potential funding to the Initiative’s attention include: 

Arizona State University in the U.S.

Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in the U.S.

Constructive Institute at Aarhus University in Denmark

Edelman based in the U.S.

European Journalism Centre in the Netherlands

Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano(FNPI) based in Colombia

Hamburg Media School in Germany

Hans-Bredow-Institut in Germany

The Ida B. Wells Society in the U.S.

International Center for Journalists based in the U.S.

News Literacy Project based in the U.S.

Polis, London School of Economics in the U.K.

Ecole de Journalisme de Sciences Po (Sciences Po Journalism School) in France

The Society of Publishers in Asia based in Hong Kong

Trust Project based in the U.S.

Walkley Foundation in Australia

Weber Shandwick based in the U.S.

Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Division for Freedom of Expression and Media Development headquartered in France





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