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The Stanley Foundation’s media programming promotes quality, in-depth, and timely reporting on topics related to the foundation’s three program areas:  climate change, nuclear weapons policy, and mass violence and atrocities. Media programs are often produced in collaboration with trusted media organizations, with strict adherence to principles of editorial independence. In addition, the foundation is exploring the role and impact of new media and technology (social platforms, content distributors, new media formats, and information systems) within the larger media ecosystem. As a private nonpartisan operating foundation, the Stanley Foundation does not receive or give grants. 

Media programming includes:

  • Media workshops, trainings, and forums
  • Engaging journalists and other media actors at policy convenings 
  • Facilitating topical, regional/global, and investigative reporting fellowships

Current Work

The foundation collaborates with a variety of media partners and other organizations to strengthen understanding of the issues we are focused on and to provide useful tools, expertise, and resources to support rigorous reporting. Partners have included Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Center for Public Integrity, the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, Atomic ReportersGroundTruth Project, Earth Journalism Network, the World Conference of Science Journalists, and others.

The foundation also looks for opportunities to include journalists and other media actors in policy discussions and other global events/conferences related to our three issue areas, often in partnership with the foundation’s policy team.

This is Not a Drill Journalism Workshop

The Stanley Foundation and Atomic Reporters are accepting applications from journalists to participate in a workshop exploring challenges and opportunities for strengthening reporting on nuclear weapons risk and crisis response in the digital age. The workshop will take place in Hawaii from January 8-12, 2019 on the eve of the first anniversary of the false missile alert. The deadline for applications is Oct. 31. Learn More

"Independent Journalism as a Pillar of Peace"

Learn more about the foundation’s strategy and priorities in supporting independent media in this interview with Program Officer Devon Terrill, conducted by Central European University’s Center for Media, Data and Society. 

Climate Vulnerable Forum Summit

Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine has announced the first ever carbon-free, online summit of world leaders on November 22, 2018. In this video, which the Stanley Foundation produced in collaboration with Principle Pictures, President Heine explains the intent and goals of the Climate Vulnerable Forum Summit—cooperative action for a sustainable climate future where all can survive and thrive.

Climate Change Media Partnership Fellowships

Twenty journalists have been awarded fellowships to cover key climate change meetings in San Francisco, California, and Katowice, Poland. The journalists, from 18 developing countries, will "learn how cities, countries, communities, companies, and individuals are working to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement – or are perhaps lagging in their commitments." Learn more. 

Kelly Smits
Devon Terrill

12/08/18   Climate Change Media Partnership—Reporting Fellowship to COP24
01/08/19   "This is Not a Drill" Journalism Workshop
10/17/18   59th Strategy for Peace Conference
09/10/18   Climate Change Media Partnership—Reporting Fellowship to GCAS


Uncovering Security Story Lab

The Stanley Foundation co-hosts a three-day residential story lab just outside of London with Thomson Reuters Foundation and Gerda Henkel Stiftung. The lab brings together a diverse group of ten international journalists and ten researchers who are working on similar security-related topics for an intensive program that includes collaborative workshop sessions, training, discussion, and story development. After the conclusion of the lab, participants have the opportunity to pitch collaborative story ideas and apply for small grants from Thomson Reuters Foundation and Gerda Henkel Stiftung to cover the cost of reporting or research for publication. The lab is designed to strengthen reporting on under-covered security threats in specific communities, countries, or regions around the world.

Resulting Stories: 

Twenty Years After Peace Accord, Indigenous Bangladeshis Still Attacked Over Land

Killing Fields: How Herdsmen Attacks on Farmers Threaten Nigeria’s Food Security (Reporter honored as First Runner Up, NB Golden Pen Reporter of the Year, Nigeria)

Sajek Needs More Than Just Tourism

Why Uganda Is An Unexpected Haven for Refugees

“My Apartment Building Is Full of Women Worrying About What Is Next”

The Boy Who Walked Again

CCMP Fellowship Journalists Report on COP23
In a time of great uncertainty over the future of global climate action, the Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) led by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN), brought 14 journalists from around the world to report directly from the upcoming climate talks. This year’s Fellowship group represents some of the most vulnerable countries to climate-related impacts, including six indigenous journalists—three of whom come from the Pacific Islands—who will add unique voices to global coverage as Fiji prepares to lead the talks.

Photos of the Fellowship activity.
Spanish-language reporting for Conexion COP.
Read more stories.


Stripping Secrecy From Nuclear Arms Development
The Rise of Commercial Satellite Imagery is Empowering Public Monitoring of Nuclear Proliferation
By Jeremy Hsu for Courier 91
October 2017

The nuclear arms race between the United States and Soviet Union during the Cold War motivated both sides to launch spy satellites to monitor each other’s nuclear activities. But since the late 1990s, the space domain of government spy satellites has increasingly opened up to swarms of commercial satellites that provide new opportunities to peek at possible sites of nuclear weapons development worldwide. Read the article.

Life Beyond Coal
The Ruhr Region of Germany Was Once a Mining Stronghold; Now Residents Are Seeking New Livelihoods
By Emma Bryce for Courier 90
August 2017

The former Zollverein coal mine in Essen, Germany, was closed more than three decades ago, but instead of being left in the dust, it was repurposed into a museum and tourist attraction. In 2001, the former mine became a UNESCO world heritage site and now welcomes more than a million visitors each year. Read the article.

Courier Courier
The Winter 2018 issue of Courier focuses on innovators and innovative ideas for global challenges—the role of women and vulnerable countries in mitigating climate change; the potential of blockchain technology in nuclear safeguards; the part the Boy Scouts are playing to keep the peace in the Central African Republic; the possibility that private enterprise could contribute to a more resilient society in Iraq; and an appreciation of the late Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Winter 2018 PDF. Subscribe for Free.

The Stanley Foundation: Part of COP24 The Stanley Foundation: Part of COP24
As a part of our efforts to limit global warming to 1.5° C, the foundation put forward policy ideas to achieve a global turning point in emissions by 2020, built upon efforts to catalyze global climate action by countries and sub- and non-state actors, and worked with journalists to strengthen coverage of the UN climate negotiations.

59th Strategy for Peace Conference 59th Strategy for Peace Conference
The Stanley Foundation convenes its Strategy for Peace Conference annually to consider key policy challenges, drawing on the experience and knowledge of invited experts from the public and private sectors.

At the conference concurrent roundtables are focused on each of the foundation’s three current areas of programming—climate changenuclear policy, and mass violence and atrocities. This year a fourth roundtable will focus on global governance. Roundtable discussion is intended to generate group consensus recommendations for policy change and multilateral action. More.

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We had a great group of campers attend the Investigation U. program this summer. Click here for photos. For participants only, username: IU2018.