In a move intended to underscore the growing importance of independent, in-depth journalism, the Knight Foundation has launched an end-of-year program that will match donations to C-HIT and select other nonprofit news organizations.
Dubbed the Knight News Match, the program will match donations from individual donors to C-HIT and 56 other news groups nationwide, up to a total of $1.5 million, through Jan.19. Individual organizations are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in matching funds.
“News Match is a call to action for everyone who believes in quality, trustworthy, in-depth journalism and the role nonprofit news organizations play in building strong communities,” the Knight Foundation said in announcing the program. “Successful journalism organizations need a passionate, dedicated community of supporters. That’s why Knight is backing organizations that run successful campaigns.”
C-HIT was launched six years ago by Lynne DeLucia and Lisa Chedekel, former prize-winning reporters at The Hartford Courant, to produce in-depth stories about health and safety in Connecticut. Since its inception, C-HIT has garnered national attention for its coverage of health issues, ranging from health inequities to doctors’ dealings with drug companies.
In addition to its reporting, C-HIT sponsors free Community Forums on health issues and runs summer journalism camps for deserving high school students on the campuses of Yale University and the University of Connecticut.