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Media Institute Releases Survey of Journalism Improvement Projects

FOR RELEASE: November 5, 1998

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute


November 5, 1998

The Media Institute today released a survey of journalism 3reform?projects being funded and conducted by various grant-giving foundations and journalism organizations around the country.

In Search of Better Journalism: A Survey of Journalism Improvement Projects looks at 10 foundations and professional journalism organizations and about three dozen projects funded and/or carried out by the groups.

The survey was produced under the auspices of The Media Institute's National Journalism Project, a multi-faceted program that addresses the needs expressed by journalists to raise standards, to promote excellence, and to redefine the practice of journalism in the age of on-line, interactive media.

The survey by veteran reporter Richard P. Kleeman looks at two broad categories. The first includes activities regarded as part of the "reform" movement like the Project for Excellence in Journalism, civic journalism, and The Freedom Forum's "Free Press, Fair Press" project.

The second category includes the activities of several foundations and professional organizations like RTNDA and SPJ that have pursued various improvement efforts over the years.

"Two things make the situation different today: The calls for reform are coming from journalists themselves, and there are new foundation players underwriting innovative projects," said Patrick D. Maines, president of The Media Institute.

In Search of Better Journalism is available for $8.95 plus $1.50 shipping and handling each from Publications Dept., The Media Institute, Suite 301, 1000 Potomac St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007. Books can also be ordered online. Review copies are available to working journalists.

The Media Institute is a nonprofit research foundation that advocates a strong First Amendment, a competitive communications industry, and excellence in journalism.