Washington Post gets $500,000 reporting grant from Ford Foundation

The Washington Post has received a $500,000 Ford Foundation grant to fund four new newsroom positions and expand the paper’s government-accountability reporting.

Here’s the memo:

From: Marcus Brauchli
Date: Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 2:22 PM
Subject: A grant from the Ford Foundation
To: NEWS – All Newsroom

To the Staff:

We are pleased to announce that the Ford Foundation has awarded a $500,000
grant to The Washington Post to expand its government-accountability
reporting at the national and local levels. The grant will be used to fund
four new newsroom positions to work on special projects related to money,
politics and government. The Foundation’s support enables us to build on
one of our central missions, and the terms of the grant give us complete
editorial independence.

The one-year grant–with an agreement in principle for two additional years
–is part of the Foundation’s Freedom of Expression program, an initiative
aimed at promoting journalism in the public interest. This program supports
nonprofits, such as ProPublica and National Public Radio, and recently made
a grant to the Los Angeles Times. (The Ford Foundation is not connected to
the Ford Motor Company.)

Assistant Managing Editor Jeff Leen will supervise the work of this new
team, working with editors on other staffs. Its work will augment the work
of Jeff’s investigative unit, which remains a centerpiece of The Post’s

Marcus Liz John Shirley