We are dedicated to transforming media by empowering radical storytellers to authentically amplify what's happening in our communities. Through our education program, we're making media accessible for early career journalists of color by removing barriers and equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the journalism industry.
Our stories are changing the narrative for Black and Brown communities by giving voice to those often ignored by mainstream media, by amplifying current events that are culturally significant, and by using journalism as a form of accountability for the systems that cause harm to communities of color. We are advancing racial equity in journalism by removing barriers to enter the field with our full-time positions. And we provide education that helps early-career journalists find their voice by empowering them to report through the lens of their cultural experience.
Transform media to reflect the communities we serve.
To create a new standard in the broadcasting industry that normalizes diversity, values inclusivity as much as objectivity and improves accessibility to career opportunities, particularly for Black and Brown women.
The Center for Broadcast Journalism is proud to have an experienced board of directors who bring together more than 35 years of combined experience in radio and television, as well as the nonprofit sector.
Ethics & Editorial Policies
These policies are meant to guide the Center for Broadcast Journalism as we deliver news and information. These guidelines are a “living document” that we will modify and update based on feedback from our journalists, from our readers and from our perceptions of our changing needs.
Reporters and editors of the Center for Broadcast Journalism are committed to fairness. While arguments about objectivity are endless, no story is fair if it omits facts of major importance or significance. Fairness includes completeness.
We strive to keep our news coverage free from opinion and bias. All commentary or other opinion journalism is clearly labeled.
The Center for Broadcast Journalism and its contributors have primary responsibility for reporting, writing and fact-checking stories. Stories are subject to review by one or more editors. When a story is submitted by a reporter it's reviewed by a copy editor who often provides initial review on breaking news stories and routinely provides second-level review. Editors who oversee our digital platforms also may be involved in the presentation of stories as well as headlines. The number of editors who review a story prior to publication and the extent of their involvement vary depending on a range of factors, including complexity, sensitivity and the pressure of time.
The Center for Broadcast Journalisms strives for accurate and complete reporting. When we discover an error, we work to inform our readers and provide the correct information as quickly as possible.
Ownership & Funding
The Center for Broadcast Journalism was founded by Georgia Fort and Marianne Combs in an effort to transform the media landscape to make it more equitable for Black, Brown and other marginalized journalists. Its operations are funded by grants, ad sales and audience contributions.
We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.
We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics and special projects. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that operates as a public trust, we do not pay certain taxes. We may receive funds from standard government programs offered to nonprofits or similar businesses.
Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors or any revenue source. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.
We make public all revenue sources and donors who give $5,000 or more per year. As a news nonprofit, we avoid accepting charitable donations from anonymous sources, government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.
2022-2023 funding supported general operations and our radio station.
F. R. Bigelow Foundation
We received general operating support in 2023.
We received general operating support in 2022.
Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
We received general operating support in 2023.
We received general operating support in 2022 and 2023.
Midwest Emmy Association
We received money to purchase equipment in 2023.