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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.