TEGNA OKs Diversity, Professional Development Grants


The TEGNA Foundation, the charitable foundation sponsored by the broadcast TV company formerly known as Gannett, has given its nod to a slate of grants to support training for the next generation of diverse journalists and education and development opportunities for journalists and other professionals in the media field.

Dave Lougee, TEGNA’s President/CEO, said that providing hands-on training and support “ensures that students entering our field, journalists and professionals are able to gain valuable skills and thrive in our industry.”

The 2019 Round 1 TEGNA Foundation Media Grant recipients include the National Association of Black Journalists, in support of its “Black Male Media Project” and a professional development workshop during the 2019 NABJ Convention and Career Fair.

Also getting TEGNA grants are the Asian American Journalists Association, in support of a workshop focused on investigative journalism at the AAJA conference; the National Association of Hispanic Journalists,  with funds going toward its immersion newsroom experience for journalism students during their annual conference; the Native American Journalist Association, for funding toward a student newsroom experience during their annual conference; Investigative Reporters & Editors, in supporting two panels at its 2019 IRE Conference focused on potential issues surrounding media legal questions and FOIA requests; National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, in support of its annual conference and to contribute to its student journalism project; Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media, to support its 2019-20 educational programs based in St. Petersburg, Fla.; Online News Association, supporting the ONA-U special event for students, educators and young professionals at their annual conference; the Radio Television Digital News Association, to support the student newsroom experience at their annual conference; and the ABA Fund for Justice and Education, to support the First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition at their annual conference.

Outside of the Media Grants category, TEGNA Foundation also made a $25,000 grant to the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation to support its 2019 Sales Institute Program.

TEGNA Foundation Media Grants support funding for the development of the next generation of diverse journalists, in addition to efforts to support journalism ethics and freedom of the press. Media organizations seeking funding for specific projects that address these areas of focus may apply to the TEGNA Foundation in two annual cycles. To learn more about the TEGNA Foundation and the Media Grant program, click here.