Type Media Center

aka Formerly known as The Nation Institute   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.typemediacenter.org

Mission

Type Media Center is a non-profit home for independent journalists and truth-tellers at all stages of their careers. Our mission is to produce high-impact journalism and literary nonfiction that addresses injustice and inequality, catalyzes change, informs and uplifts social movements, and sparks national and global conversations while transforming and diversifying the fields of journalism and publishing.

Ruling year info

1967

Executive Director & CEO

Taya Kitman

Main address

30 Irving Place 10th Floor

New York, NY 10003 USA

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Formerly known as

The Nation Institue

EIN

13-6216903

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (R05)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Founded in 1966 (as The Nation Institute), Type Media Center is home to a half-dozen programs and a community of hundreds of journalists, authors, and writing fellows. Our dynamic range of programs includes a bestselling book publishing imprint, Bold Type Books (formerly known as Nation Books); our award-winning Type Investigations (formerly known as the Investigative Fund), which supports groundbreaking investigative journalism; TomDispatch, the widely read and syndicated website; Fellowships that fund over 20 high-profile reporters every year; Prize programs that spotlight the invaluable achievements of others; and high-profile events that provide a platform for key journalists, thinkers, and activists to discuss the urgent and important issues of our time.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Type Investigations

Type Investigations, formerly The Investigative Fund, incubates high-impact investigative reporting that holds the powerful accountable. We bring underreported stories to light, cultivate diverse journalistic talent, and create a home for independent journalism that serves the public.

We work with independent investigative reporters to produce deeply reported journalism that we publish in partnership with a wide variety of print, broadcast and digital media outlets — allowing us to bring investigative reporting to diverse audiences. Our editors provide diverse freelance reporters with expert editorial guidance, a team of researchers, and funds to cover their travel, time and other reporting costs. We are committed to reporting from the ground level, finding stories and sources among the communities most affected by wrongdoing.

Type Investigations covers the most critical issues of our time: immigration, labor, environment, corporate and government malfeasance, and civil and human rights.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Bold Type Books is one of the leading independent publishers of serious nonfiction in America. Dedicated to continuing this country's long tradition of progressive thought, our titles focus on current events and politics, international relations, the environment, corporate crime, religion, culture, and economics. Founded in 2000 as Nation Books, Bold Type Books has become one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful imprints in independent publishing.

The goal of the imprint is to produce authoritative books by leading writers and thinkers that break new ground and shed light on current social and political issues. We publish established authors who are leaders in their area of expertise, but also endeavor to cultivate a new generation of emerging and talented journalists. With each of our books we aim to impact cultural and political discourse and to help affect positive social change.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Tom Engelhardt launched TomDispatch.com in November 2001 as an e-mail publication offering commentary and collected articles from the world press. In December 2002, it gained its name, became a project of The Nation Institute, and went online as "a regular antidote to the mainstream media." The site now features Tom Engelhardt's regular commentaries and the original work of authors ranging from Rebecca Solnit, Bill McKibben, and Mike Davis to Chalmers Johnson, Michael Klare, Andrew Bacevich, Robert Lipsyte, and Barbara Ehrenreich. Nick Turse, who also writes for the site, is associate editor and research director.

TomDispatch is intended to introduce readers to voices and perspectives from elsewhere (even when the elsewhere is here). Its mission is to connect some of the global dots regularly left unconnected by the mainstream media and to offer a clearer sense of how this imperial globe of ours actually works. The email newsletter has 23,000 subscribers and on average, each TomDispatch essay reaches at least 100,000 readers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Type Fellows program is open to both emerging and established journalists. We aim to support journalists with multi-year funding and to provide them with the resources they need to do their best work. Each year, we raise over 1.3 million dollars to support over 30 fellows. The issues our writers focus on — protecting human rights; promoting greater economic, racial, and gender equality; challenging corporate power; reporting on the imminent threat of climate change; advocating for greater government transparency — all serve the public interest in the broadest sense. We seek to advance these values and to nurture and support high-quality journalism in all its forms, new and old, while upholding traditional standards of accuracy and integrity.

A top priority for us is doubling down on our commitment to nurturing diverse voices. In this challenging media environment, where steady newsroom jobs are diminishing, talented freelancers struggle to make a basic living wage, particularly those who may need to spend months on the ground reporting for very little pay. With that in mind, we work to raise fellowship stipends to close that gap, which is also often a barrier to greater diversity in the profession.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our prizes spotlight the invaluable achievements of others. They allow us to publicly support acts of political bravery from truth-telling journalists, leading activists, and visionary artists. Each prize is accompanied by a financial award, providing material support for future work.

The Ridenhour Prizes:
The annual Ridenhour Prizes recognize acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice or illuminate a more just vision of society. These prizes memorialize the spirit of fearless truth-telling that whistleblower and investigative journalist Ron Ridenhour reflected throughout his extraordinary life and career. Each prizes carries a $10,000 stipend.

The Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship:
The Puffin Foundation Ltd. and Type Media Center are the mutual sponsors of an annual award in the amount of $100,000 given to an individual who has challenged the status quo through distinctive, courageous, imaginative and socially responsible work of significance. Candidates are to be found in a broad range of occupations and pursuits, including academia, journalism, public health, literature, art, the environmental sciences, labor and the humanities. The prize is intended to encourage the recipients to continue their work, and to inspire others to challenge the prevailing orthodoxies they face in their careers.

Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties:
The Robert Masur fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties. The fellowship recipient receives a $2,000 honorarium.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of media partnerships developed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Type Investigations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In recent years, Type Investigations has invested in expanding our partnerships to local, topic-focused, and BIPOC-led newsrooms — valuing the depth of impact with our partners over quantity.

Number of sector award nominations earned by the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Type Investigations

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of policies formally established

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Type Investigations

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Type Media Center is a non-profit home for independent journalists and truth-tellers at all stages of their careers. Our mission is to produce high-impact journalism and literary nonfiction that addresses injustice and inequality, catalyzes change, informs and uplifts social movements, and sparks national and global conversations while transforming and diversifying the fields of journalism and publishing.

Our programs collaborate to produce hard-hitting, fact checked, and legally vetted work in the public interest, all the while maintaining individual editorial independence. We place a high priority on coverage of a range of issues including the environment and climate change, immigration, race and social justice, and human rights. As a small organization, we have had significant successes in producing a wide range of deep dive investigations, books, and other original reporting and analysis that punches far above weight. We’ve been able to accomplish this in part by making strategic investments in writers who cover those key issue areas.

We’ve put together a team of award-winning editors to run our top-notch investigative journalism shop, Type Investigations, and our acclaimed non-fiction book imprint, Bold Type Books. We’ve brought on dozens of writers and reporters as Type Fellows to explore our key issue areas, including immigration, the environment, labor, reproductive justice and health care, race, and gender. The result is an expansive portfolio of high-quality journalism, analysis, and other non-fiction work that often leads to real-world change. This work reaches millions of readers and viewers each year through our partner publishers.

Type Media Center produces high-impact journalism that addresses issues of injustice and inequality, while simultaneously transforming and diversifying the field of journalism itself. We work with diverse media makers at all stages of their careers to produce a substantial and award-winning investigative journalism, non-fiction books, expert analysis and commentary. Type is a women-led non-profit organization that provides a unique and supportive home for independent journalists and truth-tellers, and achieves the kind of groundbreaking work that catalyzes change, informs and uplifts movements, and sparks national and global conversations.

Type Media Center is the rare journalism organization that produces content across virtually every platform: books, print and online articles, radio shows, television broadcasts, podcasts, and more. Our social justice journalism appears on the most popular news outlets in the country—including the New York Times, ABC News, Washington Post Magazine, National Public Radio, VICE, Rolling Stone, and hundreds more—and our book editors have the might of a Big Five publishing house behind them. Unlike our competitors, we are not confined to a handful of partners or to publishing in only one or two mediums.

Supporting diverse journalists of all ages
We are the only organization that builds the field by working with journalists at all stages of their careers. We offer a rare infrastructure that shepherds writers from a fact checking internship, to intensive editorial mentorship as they produce their first investigative stories, to developing and publishing their first books, to providing paid fellowships to cover our priority issue areas.

Strengthening diversity in all forms is core to these efforts. Our Ida B. Wells Fellowship supports a new cohort of journalists of color each year as they produce and publish their first investigative projects.

Recognizing excellence and courage in the field
Through the Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship and the Ridenhour Prizes we shine a bright light on the groundbreaking work of inspiring filmmakers, authors, social justice champions, and truth-tellers. Our Type Events range from intimate Type Talks and author events to our end of the year Gala.

Programs
Type Media Center's programs collaborate to produce hard-hitting, fact checked and legally vetted work in the public interest, all the while maintaining individual editorial independence. At the same time, each project has its own unique set of goals designed to disrupt systems of injustice and produce truth-telling work.

Type Investigations is a newsroom for high-impact investigative reporting that holds the powerful accountable. Bold Type Books is an imprint in partnership with Hachette Book Group and a leading voice in non-fiction publishing. We provide Type Fellows with multi-year funding, editorial support, and other resources needed to cover our priority issue areas. Type Prizes and Events allow us to publicly support acts of political bravery from truth-telling journalists, leading activists, and visionary artists. Since 2001, Tom Engelhardt’s TomDispatch has kept a sharp focus on America’s wars even as they have slipped in—and largely out—of mainstream debate and discussion.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Type Media Center

Board of directors
as of 10/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte

Taya Kitman

Davis Weinstock

Paula Giddings

Victor Navasky

Jeff Kusama-Hinte

Richard Foos

Conrad Martin

Ken Sunshine

Kai Wright

Jenna Weiss-Berman

Graciela Mochkofsky

Meetali Jain

Abby Rapoport

Ben Wyskida

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/28/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/25/2022

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.