Philadelphia Media Network Grants

Innovation Grants and Entrepreneurs in Residence

The Lenfest Institute for Journalism is a nonprofit organization that owns the Philadelphia Media Network (PMN), consisting of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and This relationship provides an extraordinary opportunity for experimentation and innovation within an established news organization.

The Institute has awarded PMN grants to support digital product development, enhanced investigative and public-service journalism, and greater newsroom and audience diversity.

Fall 2017 grants

Investigative Journalism 

Grant amount: $308,000. PMN will expand its award-winning investigative team and will increase capabilities in data analysis, document access, computer-assisted reporting, and rapid-response investigations.

Consumer Healthcare Coverage

 Grant amount: $102,000. PMN will add both reporting and web-development capabilities to examine local healthcare data and issues related to health costs and quality to help consumers make more informed decisions.

Digital Content Management

Grant amount: $400,000. PMN will migrate from its existing digital content management system to a new state-of-the-art platform. The new software technology will enhance the experience for users on PMN’s website and mobile products, as well as improve ease of use for reporters and editors as they create multimedia digital content for readers.

Digital Journalism Training

Grant amount: $6,000. The American Society of News Editors will run its Digital Journalism Leadership Training program at PMN. One half of the participants will be invited from other newsrooms in the Philadelphia area.

Newsroom and Audience Diversity

Grant amount: $650,000. PMN will launch a rolling two-year newsroom fellowship program that will fund emerging journalists from diverse backgrounds to work in the PMN newsroom, receive active mentorship, and help PMN create a newsroom and an audience that is more representative of the population of the Philadelphia region.  

Opinion Section Contributors Network

Grant amount: $35,000. In order to diversify the voices expressed in the opinion section of PMN’s digital and print products, PMN will create an expanded contributors network consisting of influencers from a broad array of communities throughout the region.

Audience Engagement

Grant amount: $17,000. PMN will launch a reader-centered reporting program using Hearken, a survey platform that enables journalists to engage their audience throughout the reporting process. PMN will deepen community engagement by reaching out to readers so they can pose questions and topic areas for PMN to address in its reporting.