The Open Society Foundations recognize that independent journalism serves as a check on abuses of power and corruption, and fuels and informs public debates and critical thinking in societies.
2020 Journalism Budget by Region
We work with partners and grantees across the world to support and advance freedom of expression so journalism flourishes and media outlets can provide quality information that affects people’s lives in a fundamental way.
We support independent journalism that seeks to innovate and remain relevant, effective, and sustainable in a rapidly changing environment where information is abundant, but attention and meaningful engagement are scarce.
Our Program on Independent Journalism supports both global freedom of expression organizations, such as the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, and IFEX, as well as several regional and national press freedom organizations.
We also support independent investigative reporting outlets as well as international networks of investigative journalists, such as the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which produced the famous Panama and Paradise Papers, and Freedom Voices, which seeks to investigate assassinations of journalists and tell the stories they could not tell.
Our regional and national foundations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East also support innovative and courageous independent media, from the Afghan newspaper Etilaatroz to El Faro in El Salvador.
Q&A: What We Can Learn from Journalists in Latin America
Journalists the world over are under increasing economic and political pressure. Here's what innovators in Latin America are doing to keep working—and to continue holding power accountable.
Building a Citizen-Driven Media for the African Continent
Journalists and entrepreneurs are coming up with new ways to inform and connect their fellow citizens. A novel initiative seeks to bring these innovators together for the benefit of all.
Journalism Needs Freelancers, and Freelancers Need Protection
Despite often working out of the spotlight, freelancers play an indispensable role in journalism today. News organizations, and readers, must do more to ensure their safety.