The GroundTruth Project Announces MacArthur Foundation Funding

BOSTON – The GroundTruth Project is proud to announce a significant investment from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to further its pioneering efforts to produce international multimedia journalism that matters.

GroundTruth, which is based at PBS’s flagship producer WGBH,  is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2014 by GlobalPost co-founder Charles M. Sennott to train and support the next generation of correspondents by reporting in-depth on the biggest stories of our time.

MacArthur-Foundation-e1418135554284-336x133“The generous support from the MacArthur Foundation and several individual donors will allow GroundTruth to expand our operations and deepen our digital multimedia reporting projects on social justice issues” said Sennott.

The new funding will provide general operating support of $300,000 over two years for GroundTruth’s ambitious international reporting projects on climate change, youth unemployment, global health and the legacy of the Arab Spring,” Sennott added.

“Nonprofit newsrooms are increasingly filling the news gap in international reporting,” said Kathy Im, director of journalism and media at MacArthur Foundation. “GroundTruth is one of the rising stars producing journalism for Americans who seek accurate and in-depth reporting that helps them to understand their world better.”

GroundTruth is also proud to announce that the Ford Foundation has renewed its support to GroundTruth to continue our reporting project titled: “Generation TBD: Despair and opportunity for millennials in an uncertain global economy.” With this fifth year of support from the Ford Foundation, GroundTruth will build another excellent team of digital journalists to produce multimedia projects on the biggest stories impacting their own generation.

Our first iteration of “Generation TBD” featured 21 fellows reporting in 11 countries, publishing in partnership with WGBH News, PRI’s The World, NBC News, MSNBC, Huffington Post and GlobalPost. The series won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for video and culminated with a conference focused on the search for solutions at International House in New York.

Last month, GroundTruth announced a $1 million initiative for climate change coverage with support from the JMB Charitable Fund and the Bake Family Trust, featuring teams of journalists reporting around the world on climate through 2018. The project will kick off in late November as five emerging journalists join GroundTruth editors and media partners to cover the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.

GroundTruth has also continued to established itself as a leading producer of multimedia “environments of understanding” by this September 11 re-launching its immersive series, “Foreverstan: Afghanistan and the road to ending America’s longest war.” The project features photography, video and written reportage. The work in the field is captured through an audio journey in  GroundTruth’s new podcast, produced in partnership with WGBH.

About The GroundTruth Project The GroundTruth Project is dedicated to training the next generation of international correspondents and to adding increased knowledge and understanding on issues of social justice including human rights, freedom of expression, emerging democracies, the environment, religious affairs and global health. Our work is made possible through the generous contributions of individual donors and foundations including Ford Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Galloway Family Foundation, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Vanguard Charitable on behalf of the JMB Charitable Fund, and the Bake Family Trust.

GroundTruth, an independent, non-partisan organization registered by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is based at the PBS flagship producer WGBH in Boston, MA.

For media inquiries please contact: GroundTruth’s Anne O’Brien at [email protected] or 1-617-300-3511.