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 are 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, transparency, 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.
General Operating Support For Books On Money in Politics - $35,000 (first payment of a three-year grant)
The New Press is a not-for-profit publishing house operated editorially in the public interest and committed to publishing works of educational, cultural, and community value that, despite their intellectual merits, may be deemed insufficiently profitable by commercial publishers. The Press publishes well-written, coherently-argued books that wage “hearts and minds” campaigns, especially impactful in the field of human rights. Books are developed with an eye to their potential impact on policy and other public debates, their ability to play a communications role for the nonprofit sector, and their potential role as tools for educators, activists, and policymakers. Over the next three years, The New Press will continue its important work at the nexus of media, arts and human rights, in particular publishing books that address issues of money in politics.
On the Media - $40,000 (second payment of a two-year grant)
Produced by WNYC and distributed by National Public Radio, On the Media is the Peabody Award winning weekly program that helps audiences think critically about the news they consume. On each hour-long episode, hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield use interviews, reported pieces, conversations with reporters, and commentary to look at current events and how the media is covering them. On the Media pays particular attention to the intersections of media and politics, freedom of speech and other media issues around the world, technology and privacy, and media representations of social issues such as marriage equality and women’s rights.