[Chicago, IL] The SNPA Foundation this week awarded $144,150 in grants to help fund newspaper industry initiatives led by state or national press associations and journalism schools. These grants are in addition to more than $400,000 awarded earlier this year to regional and national newspaper associations.
The new grants include:
The SNPA Foundation was founded in 1968 to serve as the educational arm of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association (SNPA). When SNPA and the Inland Press Association merged in 2019 to form America’s Newspapers, the SNPA Foundation became a private foundation, run by an independently elected board of trustees. With that transition, funds that were previously earmarked solely for SNPA’s education programs became available to other industry organizations.
Programs endorsed by the SNPA Foundation spotlight the critical need for ethical journalism, explore sustainable business models that help newspapers operate in an evolving media environment, and promote the value that newspapers bring to the communities that they serve.
Trustees who review grant proposals note that proposed projects may start locally but should include the possibility of scaling to a national level, have a broad impact on the public, or enrich the racial diversity of professional ranks by drawing more talent into the newspaper industry.
“We are excited about this new role for the SNPA Foundation,” said Foundation chair P.J. Browning, president and publisher of the Post & Courier in Charleston, S.C.
“The 20 grant applications that we reviewed this quarter demonstrate that press associations and journalism schools throughout the United States are exploring innovative business models and ways to engage audiences, businesses and employees. The SNPA Foundation’s goal is to help them succeed.”
ABOUT THE SNPA FOUNDATION ENDOWMENT FUND
More than 400 individuals, press associations, newspaper companies and companies that supply goods and services to the newspaper industry have contributed to the SNPA Foundation Endowment Fund.
This is a complete list of donors:
October 25, 2021
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