Because of its importance to the Overbrook mission and to the missions of its grantees, the Foundation supports efforts that protect the centrality of media in the democratic process and explore the evolving relationship of new and traditional media to our human rights and environment programs. Moving forward, most grantees will be supported for either their reporting on the role of money in the American political system or their advocacy for better policy at the intersection of the current media landscape and the large sums of money flooding U.S. elections.
Below is a list of the Foundation’s 2014 human rights program grantees through its media portfolio.
General Operating Support - $45,000 (second payment of a two-year grant)
Free Press aims to bring about fundamental, lasting changes to the U.S. media system that will promote and protect democracy, civil liberties and human rights. It is building a powerful nationwide movement to change media and technology policies, promote the public interest and strengthen democracy. Free Press advocates for universal and affordable Internet access, diverse media ownership, vibrant public media and quality journalism.
General Operating Support – $25,000
New America Media, a national news and communications agency founded in 1996 by the nonprofit Pacific News Service, has developed the first and largest collaboration of ethnic news media in the US. Its goal is to bring the stories and voices of ethnic media and the communities they serve to a wider audience and to expand the capacity of the ethnic media sector to inform and engage their audiences on vital issues of public policy and social justice.