How to fund and sustain news outlets created by and for people of color: Insights from The Pivot Fund podcast


Journalist Tracie Powell is a leader in philanthropic efforts to increase racial equity and diversity in news media. She is the founder of The Pivot Fund, which seeks to support independent community news created by and for people of color. Last fall, she joined the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy as a research fellow, investigating ways to fund, sustain and grow these news organizations. (The Shorenstein Center is also home to The Journalist’s Resource.)

In the course of the research, Powell has surveyed nearly 1,000 news outlets “to learn more about the mechanisms for funding and capacity building for media outlets run by and for BIPOCTM [Black, Indigenous, other people of color, and traditionally marginalized] communities,” she explained in an email to The Journalist’s Resource.

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