Hollywood Foreign Press Association Awards $1 Million Grant to InsideClimate News

The grant provides ICN critical support for its investigative journalism, national reporting network and student journalism program.

During the 2019 Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association awarded InsideClimate News a $1 million grant. Credit: Daniele Venturelli/WireImage via Getty Images

Meher Tatna is president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which created the Golden Globe Awards in 1944. The HPFA recently expanded its philanthropy work to support organizations championing a free and robust press. During the 2019 Golden Globe Awards, it awarded InsideClimate News a $1 million grant as part of this effort. Credit: Daniele Venturelli/WireImage via Getty Images

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced tonight during the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards® a $1 million grant to InsideClimate News.

The grant will support ICN's investigative reporting projects, expand its National Environment Reporting Network, and provide scholarships for high school students to attend its summer Institute for Environmental Journalism.

"All of us at InsideClimate News are enormously grateful and honored to receive this generous support from peers in our profession, and recognition during the Golden Globe Awards," said David Sassoon, founder and publisher of InsideClimate News. "Our dedicated newsroom, now in its 12th year, has been filling an important niche in journalism, covering one of the most consequential stories of our time with depth and consistency. Climate and environmental reporting are only getting more vital with each passing day. Long live real news."

For more than 25 years, the HFPA has been using the funds garnered through Golden Globe licensing fees to donate more than $33 million in grants to deserving nonprofit organizations and institutions, provide more than 1,600 scholarships to underrepresented students, and restore over 90 films in partnership with the Film Foundation.

The HFPA also announced it will donate $1 million to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a nonprofit organization that provides free legal assistance to and on behalf of journalists. At last year's Golden Globe Awards®, the HFPA expanded its philanthropy work to support organizations championing a free and robust press and announced two $1 million grants to the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Consortium for Investigative Journalism.

ICN currently has a staff of 15 and an annual budget of about $2 million, and is working to raise funds to expand staff to cover climate, energy and environmental issues more fully. In 2013 ICN won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, and in 2016 it was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. It has also won dozens of other awards since its founding in 2007, and a reputation for unflinching watchdog reporting of the climate policies and actions of government, industry and advocacy groups.

Already one of the largest environment newsrooms in the country, ICN is committed to establishing a permanent national reporting network, to training the next generation of journalists, and to strengthening the practice of environmental journalism.

 About InsideClimate News:

InsideClimate News is a Pulitzer Prize-winning non-profit, non-partisan news organization that provides essential reporting and analysis on climate, energy and the environment for the public and decision makers. We serve as watchdogs of government, industry and advocacy groups and hold them accountable for their policies and actions. Already one of the largest environment newsrooms in the country, ICN is committed to establishing a permanent national reporting network, to training the next generation of journalists, and to strengthening the practice of environmental journalism.

About the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) was founded in 1943 as the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association (HFCA) by a group of entertainment journalists representing world media in Hollywood, who realized the need to unite and organize to gain the recognition and access to studios and talent accorded to the domestic press. All qualified journalists were accepted, with the bold goal of "Unity Without Discrimination of Religion or Race." A year later, the HFCA created the Golden Globe Awards which, to this day, the entire membership selects, votes on and awards every year for outstanding achievements in motion pictures and television. This year marked the 75th anniversary of the Golden Globe Awards. Members of the HFPA represent 56 countries with a combined readership of 250 million in some of the world's most respected publications. Each year, the organization holds the third most watched awards show on television, the Golden Globe® Awards, which has enabled the organization to donate more than $33 million to 80 entertainment-related charities, scholarship programs and humanitarian efforts over the last 25 years.

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