Truthout Center for Grassroots Journalism

If we need to develop actions for social transformation, we should construct, have a tendency, and domesticate transformative media. At Truthout, we’ve come to grasp that this objective shouldn’t simply imply fostering the expansion of our one publication; we want a broad and thriving ecosystem of assorted grassroots journalism organizations stuffed with knowledge and coronary heart, serving to to manifest goals of a greater world.

As Truthout has grown and overcome obstacles over the previous 20 years, working all of the whereas to stick to a people-powered, values-driven mannequin, we’ve accrued some hard-earned classes. We developed a groundbreaking construction that allowed us to offer free information and evaluation whereas sustaining ourselves totally on small donations. We have been the primary digital information group to kind a union. We broke with a lot of our friends early on to take agency stances on points like company energy, migrant rights and borders, the prison-industrial complicated, Palestine solidarity, and trans rights. We’ve labored to determine how you can put our values into follow within the office, growing a set of insurance policies that mirrored our imaginative and prescient for the way society ought to be. We’ve made and proceed to make errors, and work onerous to study from them.

Now, drawing from these classes, we’re launching the Truthout Heart for Grassroots Journalism, a program to help rising and social justice-driven media organizations in constructing their energy and growing constructions to maintain themselves for the lengthy haul. Maya Schenwar, Truthout’s editor-at-large and former editor-in-chief, will function the middle’s director. This initiative is our dedication to dedicate a small slice of our employees assets to supporting different vital organizations in sustaining and flourishing, to assist develop the crucial media ecosystem mandatory to construct grassroots energy.

In its preliminary levels, the middle will embrace the next elements:


– Management steerage and mentoring

– Strategic help for distribution and viewers/attain enlargement

– Fundraising technique steerage

– Entry to growth databases

– Steerage on editorial processes and infrastructure

– Session on whether or not, why, what and/or how you can develop

– Different stuff! If you’re a radical, transformative media group trying to construct energy—and you’ll’t afford ongoing help—be at liberty to succeed in out.

We’ll provide ongoing assist to a small handful of organizations at a time, however will tackle extra as time permits and if the mission expands. We’re already at capability for the following few months, however in the event you’d wish to be thought of for help in the summertime or fall, please e mail us at At the moment, we’re offering or getting ready to offer strategic help for tasks together with Convergence Journal ({a magazine} of radical insights that uplifts organizing tales), Stateville Speaks (a jail e-newsletter that’s produced for and, partly, by individuals incarcerated in Illinois), Waging Nonviolence (a platform devoted to offering unique reporting and knowledgeable evaluation of social actions around the globe), Shadowproof (a reader-supported press group that exposes abuses of energy in authorities and enterprise) & the Past Prisons Podcast, Berrett-Koehler Publishers (an impartial writer aimed toward creating “a world that works for all”), and Knock LA (a neighborhood journalism mission working to “inform the actual story of LA”).


As a versatile mission aimed toward constructing a extra vibrant and strong impartial media ecosystem, we’re open to collaborations on occasions and workshops. For instance, we shall be working with Zealous (a company that challenges injustice by way of media, storytelling and the humanities) to brainstorm prospects for bringing collectively organizers and impartial journalists. We’re engaged on ongoing collaborations with AirGo Radio, Inquest, and different associate organizations. Moreover, we’re collaborating with Jail Neighborhood Arts Undertaking to co-teach a category in jail on writing nonfiction, working to nurture impartial media behind bars.

When you have a suggestion for a collaboration, please e mail us at

Keeley Schenwar Memorial Essay Prize Program

The Truthout Heart for Grassroots Journalism additionally homes the Keeley Schenwar Memorial Essay Prize, for work authored by people who find themselves presently or previously incarcerated. The prize is a part of our work to broaden social justice journalism in ways in which uplift and spotlight the work of incarcerated authors.

Since 2021, we’ve got awarded two prizes, every for an unique essay of 1,500 phrases or much less on the subject of prisons, policing or a associated topic. Every of the 2 winners is awarded $3,000. The essays are printed in Truthout and broadly distributed, functioning as a type of in style schooling. Please see right here for extra data and hyperlinks to earlier profitable essays.

If you happen to’d wish to help the Truthout Heart for Grassroots Journalism, you may attain out to or make a donation right here.