A free press sustains democracy and disseminates the truth.  Collective trust in the media is declining as new technology makes it easier to spread fake news, rumor, and “alternative facts.”  Politicians, worried about critical news coverage or seeking personal gain, too often turn to deriding American institutions as “fake news.”

The most effective way to combat the threat to freedom of the press is by increasing the quality of journalism and to foster  stronger investigative journalism.  From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism, to solid academic leadership, each organization selected sets the highest standards for protecting this cherished right.