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Contact: Kyle Bradbury

CHICAGO, March 30, 2006

The McCormick Tribune Foundation board of directors approved 10 grants through the foundation’s journalism program that impact youth media and the journalism industry. These projects also explore potential program priorities and expand existing efforts, particularly in global-press issues.

A total of $407,000 in funding to a variety of national organizations will build on the journalism program’s mission of supporting initiatives in journalism education, news leadership, freedom of expression and youth voices. The board has awarded $45 million in journalism grants since 2000.

"The McCormick Tribune Foundation is a champion in addressing the needs of the news media in a rapidly changing environment," said David L. Grange, president and chief executive officer of the McCormick Tribune Foundation. "Our focus on youth in media is one of the many ways the foundation helps the journalism industry to maintain its momentum with the next generation."

The grants support each of the journalism program’s priority areas and establish relationships with several new partners. They also fund several specialized institutes that will build journalists’ knowledge on complex, timely news issues. For instance, a grant to the National Judicial College in Reno, Nev. will fund a two-day workshop on bankruptcy to improve the quality and quantity of reporting on the topic. In addition, a grant to the University of Arizona’s Media, Democracy & Policy Initiative will provide for a three-day training program on immigration reform reporting.

The grants also reinforce the McCormick Tribune Foundation’s commitment to youth, with several projects promoting media literacy and training. Support to DePaul University’s Department of Communication will fund a youth newspaper readership symposium this fall, challenging students to find solutions for declining newspaper readership among youth.

Additional grantees include:

  • American Public Media, for the expansion of a Public Insight Journalism project;
  • University of Montana, for programs training Native American student journalists;
  • Student Press Law Center, for a Publications Fellowship and outreach activities;
  • California First Amendment Coalition, for a First Amendment awareness campaign for ethnic media;
  • University of California, San Diego, for a conference on China’s changing media landscape;
  • World Press Institute, for international journalism training in China, Nigeria and India;
  • Kansas State University, for a conference on Community Readiness Communications.
"These exciting projects will help the journalism program continue to advance as a thought leader in addressing pressing journalism industry issues," said Clark Bell, director of the McCormick Tribune Foundation’s journalism program. "These early 2006 grants will also guide the reexamination of the journalism program’s grantmaking strategy."

About the McCormick Tribune Foundation

The McCormick Tribune Foundation builds better lives by investing in our children, communities and country. Its charitable grant-making programs support hundreds of local and national organizations. The foundation is the benefactor for Cantigny, a 500-acre public park and golf course, and three world-class museums: the McCormick Museum, the Cantigny First Division Museum and the new McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum. The foundation is an independent nonprofit, separate from Tribune Co., with substantial holdings in Tribune Co. For more information about the foundation and its efforts, please visit www.McCormickTribune.org.