The founder of Media Matters for America David Brock has relaunched the American Independent Institute to push journalistic endeavors through grants.
The institute, which previously supported state news, will throw backing to long-form journalism while not excluding books, e-books, and documentaries.
“The American Independent has a proud history of journalism that spurred progressive change,” said Brock in a statement. “In our new role as a funder of deep-dig reporting projects, our mission — to foster strong journalism with lasting impact — hasn’t changed. With the on-going disintegration of the U.S. newspaper business, the need for alternative sources of information and independent reporting has never been greater. We will continue to meet the new challenges of democracy in a new way.”
Editor, reporter, and author Sam Skolnik will serve as the Institute’s director, Brock as president.