April 29, 2016


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Who: “Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation’s mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information.”

How: Newsdesk.org is honored to have received a $25,000 grant from Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Who: “Changemakers is a community of action where we all collaborate on solutions. We know we have the power to solve the world’s most pressing social problems. We’re already doing it, one project, one idea at a time.”

How: Newsdesk.org was selected as a 2009 Ashoka Changemakers finalist in The Power of Us: Re-Imagine Media competition.



Who:The Salesforce Foundation corporate philanthropy program supports nonprofits worldwide through volunteerism, grant giving, and CRM license donations. Salesforce CRM helps nonprofit organizations and businesses with contact management, sales force automation, call center software, and custom application development. That way nonprofits can focus on fulfilling their mission.

How: Newsdesk.org’s parent agency Independent Arts & Media uses Salesforce to manage the relationships with donors who support open dialogue and non-commercial media, culture and journalism.

Who: E-mail marketing company VerticalResponse serves business and nonprofits with targeted e-email marketing and newsletter management.

How: Newsdesk.org, a 501(c)(3) project of Independent Arts & Media, uses the VerticalResponse free nonprofit service to send our News You Might Have Missed newsletter to thousands of subscribers each Wednesday.

Who: The WeMedia conferences in Miami bring together news-industry leaders and innovators from around the world to share resources and ideas for the future of journalism.

How: Newsdesk.org is honored to be an invited guest at the WeMedia Conference in Miami in 2009 and 2010.

Who: Google’s search engine and media services have opened doors for independent news producers who previously lacked exposure to millions of news seekers around the world.

How: Independent Arts & Media, Newsdesk.org’s parent organization, has received a Google Grant to promote our work through the Google Adwords program. Newsdesk.org is also indexed by Google News.

Who: PayPal’s online commerce systems include “more than 78 million active accounts in 190 markets and 19 currencies around the world.”

How: Independent Arts & Media, Newsdesk.org’s parent organization, receives a discounted nonprofit processing rate on all tax-deductible donations it receives through PayPal.

Who: “Spot.Us is an open source project to pioneer ‘community powered reporting.’ Through Spot.Us the public can commission and participate with journalists to do reporting on important and perhaps overlooked topics.”

How: Newsdesk.org has raised more than $5,000 for independent reporting projects from individuals donating via Spot.Us, and was the Spot.Us roll-out partner for the San Francisco Election Truthiness Report. Other Newsdesk.org projects funded via Spot.Us include “The Bay Area Toxic Tour: West Oakland,” and “Prisons & Public Health,” a hard-news blog by Bernice Yeung.

Who: “SF Public Press is a startup nonprofit news organization in San Francisco. We publish public-interest news reporting with the help of more than 50 professional and volunteer journalists and nonprofit specialists striving to fill the void of hard-hitting accountability reporting that’s been lost with the downsizing of the commercial press.”

How: Newsdesk.org and The San Francisco Public Press teamed up to produce the San Francisco Election Truthiness Report. The project fact-checked political advertisements for San Francisco’s municipal elections, and produced 13 distinct reports, plus interactive graphics, and radio interviews on KALW News.

Who: “Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio, 91.7 FM in San Francisco. We are part of KALW’s Public Interest Reporting Project, with the goal of expanding local depth reporting, at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.”

How: KALW News partnered with Newsdesk.org during the 2008 elections to broadcast interviews with reporters from San Francisco Election Truthiness Report.

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