WNYC Announces Grant to Step Up Local Journalism

WNYC Radio has been awarded its first major grant toward an initiative that will significantly increase the station’s award-winning local journalism efforts.

The Charles H. Revson Foundation has pledged a total of $1 million in funding over a two-year period. The grant will support the station’s new digital journalism initiative using radio, digital and broadband technology to build greater capacity for coverage and conversation around issues facing New York City.

The three main goals of the initiative:

  • To invest in robust editorial content on-air and online in key areas at the heart of a democratic society
  • To engage in important conversations around meaningful and challenging issues
  • To create sustainable editorial partnerships and open source applications that serve as models for collaboration and sharing across the public media system

“With local news coverage shrinking and aggressive reporting being replaced by opinion, we see a gap that WNYC, as a mission-driven organization, not only can fulfill but is mandated to do so,” said Laura Walker, President and CEO of New York Public Radio, which operates WNYC. “We are deeply grateful to the Revson Foundation for giving us this significant gift as we embark on this ambitious initiative to deepen and innovate upon the ways in which we serve our audience. WNYC is uniquely positioned to provide both news and a platform for engagement to New Yorkers and New Jerseyans, and we are thrilled by Revson’s vote of confidence in our goals.”

In the short term, the Revson grant will bolster efforts already underway, including the expansion of WNYC’s new politics website, along with a year-long investigation into three New York City public schools, in partnership with GothamSchools.org.

The initiative, which will roll out over the next few years, totals about $3 million more each year and will include hiring approximately 30 additional personnel, including reporters, editors, producers and digital staff.