Craig Newmark, most widely known as the founder of Craigslist, has donated $1 million to The Poynter Institute. It’s the single largest donation in Poynter’s 41-year history.
The donation will be used to fund a large-scale, five-year program that focuses on fact-checking, accountability and ethics in journalism. The program will be overseen by Poynter’s new Craig Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics. Poynter expects to make this chair a permanent role.
“I want to stand up for trustworthy journalism, and I want to stand against deceptive and fake news,” said Newmark, in an announcement. “And I want to help news organizations stand and work together to protect themselves and the public against deception by the fake media. Poynter’s the right place to do this work because the Institute has long been very serious about trustworthy news and committed to both training journalists and holding media organizations accountable.”
Newmark is a member of the Poynter Foundation board and has previously contributed funds to support Poynter’s projects.