We invest in evidence-informed public policies and strategies to advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin.
The Joyce Foundation’s Journalism Program seeks to deepen the impact of Foundation programs’ investment in policy by supporting journalism that shines a light on conditions we hope to improve, issues related to the Foundation’s core strategies, and success stories that illuminate solutions. We support high-quality investigative, public affairs journalism in the Great Lakes region, including local, state and national media, primarily nonprofit. We also support public affairs journalism training for early career journalists, particularly journalists of color.
We support journalism organizations, primarily nonprofits, that cover issues in the Great Lakes region related to Joyce program areas. This mostly involves issue-focused projects and reporting positions. We also selectively fund national media coverage of critical issues in our region. In some cases, we support projects that strengthen and diversify the nonprofit journalism field in the Great Lakes region, including support for trusted community messengers. Funded platforms have included digital news organizations, public broadcasters, and podcasts.