The Pew Research Center conducts some of the nation’s most respected nonpartisan research on journalism in America. In 2009, the Center’s Journalism Project released a report documenting recent changes in the Washington press corps. New digital technologies and a collapsing business model for print and broadcast news had transformed the numbers and types of journalists who were covering Washington, D.C. Large mainstream news institutions had begun to recede, as niche and specialty organizations filled the ranks. This grant would support a two-part continuation of that initial study: the first would update and add to the study by exploring the current make-up of state and local media in D.C., documenting how it has changed; the second component would analyze qualitative aspects of the news coverage about U.S. congressional activity. Results of this expanded study would provide a rich foundation for academics, journalists, and others studying these topics.
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for exploration of collaborative grantmaking on elections
The Pew Charitable Trusts is working with a small group of funding partners to strengthen the bedrock of American democracy: our elections. There are promising opportunities to scale proven solutions and pursue nonpartisan reform, but the scale is beyond what any single actor can tackle. Therefore, The Pew Charitable Trusts is assessing the viability of a multidonor philanthropic project to improve access to, the integrity of, and belief in the U.S. electoral system. This exploration aims to understand the opportunities for impact, the competitive landscape, potential interventions to support, and the nature and size of any opportunity.
for U.S. Public Lands and Rivers Conservation
The Pew Charitable Trusts’ U.S. Public Lands and Rivers Conservation project works with communities West-wide to conserve biodiversity by identifying and protecting wildlife corridors, protecting and restoring free-flowing rivers, and expanding core habitat protections. (Substrategy: Advance Conservation Protections)
for support of Pew's election administration reform efforts
America’s antiquated election system has been the object of significant attention since the controversial 2000 presidential campaign. In 2007, Pew Trusts launched its Election Initiatives to identify actionable policies, practices, and technologies that would optimize the accuracy, convenience, efficiency, and security of U.S. elections. A grant to Pew would support four primary areas of work: improving current state registration systems (in partnership with IBM); enhancing the Elections Performance Index assessing states’ election administration performance (in partnership with MIT); providing accessible voting information to voters (in partnership with Google); and assisting efforts to improve the voter experience.