Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism

Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism (ECFJ) launches impactful journalism in partnership with major media outlets. ECFJ is an experimental grant-making program that supports artists producing innovative and revelatory journalistic work for major media outlets through a rolling application process.

A man climbs a ladder to a circular weather station in an arctic landscape.

Artists and artist-journalist teams can apply to ECFJ for support of their work on a rolling basis. ECFJ supports a variety of work, including: text, photography, audio and video. Artists and artist-journalist teams with longer-term, research-intensive projects are also encouraged to apply.

A man climbs a ladder to a spherical weather station in a snowy landscape.

Photo: Anna Filipova for The New York Times, from ECFJ-supported text in the The New York Times by .

About ECFJ

The  Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism  ( ECFJ ) is an experimental grant-making program that supports artists and artist-journalist teams producing innovative and revelatory journalistic work for major media outlets.

Underwritten by  Craig Newmark Philanthropies ECFJ  is the first initiative of its kind to directly facilitate artists’ major media commissions in the realm of journalism. With the belief that artists are central in the invention and design of our shared future, and also critical in shifting public debate,  ECFJ  supports the execution of pieces that focus on reimagining the way stories are told, particularly around technology and society.

The funds distributed to grantees assist with research, travel, and other expenses many media outlets struggle to cover, allowing stories that are often out of reach in today’s climate to be produced.

Submissions should focus on the following issues:

• Data privacy
• 2020 elections
• Role of technology in society
• Political influence campaigns
• Interrogating harmful technologies
• Countering disinformation
• Artificial Intelligence

Frequently asked questions

What does a “letter from an editor” look like? And how can I get one?
What does an editor look for in a pitch?
Can you help me find a media organization or editor for my piece?
How do I identify the right outlet for my story?
How do I reach out to an editor?
Do I qualify for this?
Do you only consider written articles?
Does ECFJ accept reviews of art works or shows as submissions?
Who should I add for my reference letter/contact?
What are some examples of artists’ work that have been published in major news media?
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ECFJ in the Press

An Investigation Into Uighur Detention Camps Funded by Eyebeam Art and Technology Center Has Won a Pulitzer Prize Art Net News

How to block Big Tech with Kashmir Hill NBC News

Trying to cut tech giants out of your life is even harder than you think Marketplace

Why We Can’t Break Up With Big Tech NPR

Can Artists Be Journalists? A New York Non-Profit Thinks the News Industry Would Benefit From Artists’ Involvement Frieze

Eyebeam Center Invites Artists to Delve Into Journalism The New York Times

Eyebeam Launches Arts Grant Program for Journalistic Projects Artforum

The Founder of Craigslist Is Funding a Program That Pays Artists to Pursue Journalism artnet

NY nonprofit offers grants to artists producing journalism AP News

Support ECFJ

Support this program and the groundbreaking and urgent work of these artist journalists.

The inaugural year of this program has been supported by Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

“Sometimes artists can express truths much more effectively than anyone can with straight explanation. We’re hoping that can be a means to counter disinformation used against us all.” – Craig Newmark

Last updated: 13.07.2022
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