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Awesome Journalism is a global Fourth Estate program that fosters, supports and advances the interest of journalism in the world, $1000 at a time.

Each independent and fully autonomous chapter funds and supports awesome local journalism projects through small grants, usually given out monthly.

These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome journalism stories and projects.

What do you mean by "awesome journalism?"

Every chapter interprets the meaning "awesome journalism" for itself. As such, awesome journalism projects and stories cover a wide range of topics and issues, including politics, crime, corruption, arts, technology, human interest, and more. Awesome journalism encourages projects that satisfy the Fourth Estate's published core journalism standards and practices.

A Few Simple Rules

  • The idea or project must commit an act of public interest journalism - broadly defined.
  • The project must be attainable and completed quickly, usually within 1-3 months of the grant.
  • The grant money cannot be used for routine personal expenses or operating expenses for an established organization or business.
  • The project must uphold the Fourth Estate’s principles, standards and practices of Truth, Transparency and Community, and the Journalism Code of Practice.
  • You agree that the Fourth Estate and Awesome Journalism must be first to publish results of the project and it must be shared and published online under a free license, or otherwise be open and made freely and widely available.

What is the Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation's role in Awesome Journalism?

Awesome Journalism is a public benefit project and program that is supported by the Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation which provides financial, technical and other support.

Anyone Can Start An Awesome Journalism Chapter

If you're interested in starting your own local Awesome Journalism chapter, which involves assembling a group of at least ten "trustees or Awesome Journalism" willing to each contribute $100 (or the local equivalent) every month toward the grant, please get in touch with us

Is Awesome Journalism affiliated with the Awesome Foundation?

We were originally the Journalism Chapter, but we branched off on our own in 2017 to meet the the unique needs and requirements of journalism projects.