Informed Communities: Address Gaps in Civic News Coverage - Gates Family Foundation


Coloradans rely on local journalists to monitor, uncover, and amplify important issues in a way that equips the public to hold the powerful to account, mobilize communities, advance causes, and enact strong policies. The best civic news also spotlights humanity among neighbors and builds a foundation for solutions.

For decades, Gates Family Foundation has supported public television, public radio, and nonprofit news outlets in filling important civic news gaps. We’ve supported new beats, new digital startups, and new training and fellowship programs to ensure the issues we care about most — public education, natural resources, and equitable community development — receive the coverage that they deserve.

Our grants and resources in this focus area may support:

  • Strong civic news organizations and/or reporting projects that increase public awareness and support for public education, sustainable natural resources, and equitable community development
  • Reporting fellowships and collaborations that build content knowledge, stronger coverage, and peer leadership among local journalists and storytellers in Gates’ core issue areas
  • Underwriting or advertising support to promote stories, research, events or messages from Gates or its grantees

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Melissa Milios Davis

Melissa Milios Davis

Vice President – Strategic Communications & Informed Communities