Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Foundations, Research Centers, and Institutes
Christopher H. Sterling
Journalism is served by a plethora of foundations, institutes, and research centers, virtually all of them dedicated to improving the news media and their products. Some are tied to academic institutions and based on their campuses (usually as an integral part of their journalism programs), though many were at least initially funded by endowments or other gifts from wealthy individuals, some of them journalists themselves. Most tend to focus on a specific aspect of the news media, and some espouse specific viewpoints. A number offer scholarships and fellowships or annual awards that are detailed elsewhere. Not noted here are the many media industry individual company or trade organization educational foundations that many news media groups operate. These generally focus on training and scholarships, seeking to provide support for those seeking careers. The very number of such organizations is surely one indication of the importance of journalism in society—but can also ...