Who Benefits From an Increase in Philanthropic Money to Journalism?

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by: Lene Bech Sillesen | CJR

February was a good month for the Society of Environmental Journalists. It received an unusually big donation—$385,000—from The Wyss Foundation, dedicated to protecting the American environment. The donation enables a major expansion of SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism in the form of two new full-time reporting positions, one at High Country News and one at the Los Angeles Times. Foundation support from Wyss and others also allows the fund to run two 2015 grant rounds offering support of up to $5,000 for projects by freelancers and nonprofit news organizations.

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