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Free Press believes that a vibrant, diverse and independent media is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy.
The future of traditional and new media is currently being written in the halls of Washington, DC and the town halls of middle America. Free Press, one of the leading national organizations taking on these issues, boasts a strong presence in both worlds. With its core belief that a free press is the most important resource to any society, the organization strives to open up the media system to allow more diversity of opinion to be expressed, to present a broader perspective, and to increase the caliber of information available to everyday people. This, it hopes, and the Foundation concurs, will lead to a more participatory and accountable government and to more sustainable policies and practices regarding national and global development.
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In 2014, the Foundation made the first payment of the second annual installment of a three-year, $450,000 grant to Free Press. The second piece of this installment will be paid in 2015. The grant will provide general support for Free Press’ work on a number of issues, including diverse and competitive media ownership, broadband affordability and accessibility, an open Internet, and preserving funding for public broadcasting. Woodcock has also supported Free Press’s flagship biennial event, the National Conference for Media Reform, in years past.