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Lenfest Institute will offer $1 million this year to fund entrepreneurial projects that sustain journalism

The well-heeled Lenfest Institute for Journalism in Philadelphia plans to distribute $1 million over the rest of this year to support local news innovation projects and individual "entrepreneurs-in-residence." The money will be distributed through an open application process that begins today. Executive Director Jim Friedlich said that two "buckets" with three distinct programs are planned: Experimental grants of up … Read More
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In Philadelphia, 3 newsrooms had to become 1. Now, they're taking on a whole new kind of change

PHILADELPHIA — He wrote and rewrote the memo. Stan Wischnowski, executive editor of the Philadelphia Media Network, knew he had to get the tone right. His managers and editors already went through two phases of reapplications for their jobs. Now, it was the rest of the newsroom’s turn. The idea of posting more than 200 jobs felt daunting. At 4:16 … Read More
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Lenfest Institute announces $26.5 million initiative to fund local news innovation

Philadelphia's Lenfest Institute announced $26.5 million in funding Wednesday for initiatives aimed at finding sustainable business models for local journalism, with up to an additional $40 million in a matching gift campaign from philanthropist Gerry Lenfest. Lenfest, who gave the news organizations inside the Philadelphia Media Network to the nonprofit Lenfest Institute last year, was previously … Read More
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