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McCORMICK TRIBUNE FOUNDATION GRANTS ENCOURAGE JOURNALISM DIVERSITY AND YOUTH MEDIA


Contact:
Leilani Sweeney
312.222.5786
lsweeney@mccormickfoundation.org


CHICAGO, Aug. 01, 2006


The McCormick Tribune Foundation awarded 13 grants through its journalism program to strengthen the industry’s diversity and garner youth interest in news media. A total of $375,000 in funding was distributed to a variety of local and national organizations to build on the Foundation’s efforts in journalism education, news leadership, freedom of expression and youth voices.

A substantial portion of the grants will strengthen ethnic media. A grant to Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. will fund a workshop on investigative reporting techniques for local ethnic media journalists. A grant to the Asian American Journalists Association will support an Executive Leadership Program for mid-level journalists.

"Promoting diversity within journalism industry cultivates a more robust news media - a key priority in the McCormick Tribune Foundation’s grantmaking," said David L. Grange, president and chief executive officer, McCormick Tribune Foundation. "Our support in this pivotal area reflects the Foundation’s continuing commitment to our children, communities and country."

The grants also reinforce the McCormick Tribune Foundation’s commitment to developing new journalism talent, with several projects providing practical training and writing opportunities for teens. A grant to Chicago Public Radio will fund radio reporting and production internships for recent local college graduates. Support to We the People Media and Strategic Human Services will increase journalism training for at-risk youth, enabling participants to publish articles in the Residents’ Journal and North Lawndale Community News.

Additional grant recipients’ plans include:
  • Alcorn State University Foundation, for a McCormick Tribune Distinguished Speakers series for journalism students
  • Columbia College Chicago, for specialized journalism training for high school teachers and students
  • Community Media Workshop at Columbia College, for its annual Media Guide and neighborhood bus tours for student journalists

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Additional grant recipients’ plans (continued):
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, for the Coalition of Journalists for Open Government to hire a researcher to study freedom of information issues
  • Society for News Design Foundation, Inc., for scholarships for minority journalism students to attend its 2006 national convention in Orlando, Fla.
  • StreetWise, for a newspaper enhancement project
  • Strive Media Institute, for the establishment of a Chicago news bureau for GUMBO magazine, a national magazine produced by high school students
  • The Media Institute, for general support

The McCormick Tribune Foundation’s board of directors has awarded $45 million in journalism grants since 2000.

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 non-profit, separate from Tribune Co., with substantial holdings in Tribune Co. For more information about the Foundation and its efforts, please visit www.McCormickTribune.org.

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