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Pillar 1 Partners: Lifting Local Voices

These partners uplift the often unheard voices of Central Valley communities and offer JBMF insights into the powerful impact of deeply embedded local community-driven journalism. In strong partnership with community foundations and nonprofits, we are honored to support:

    • Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF)
      • In strategic alignment with the First Amendment Legacy grants, FPF is a key stakeholder in national First Amendment protection and the only U.S. source that exists to track press freedom violations through the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. This year has seen an unprecedented attack on journalists.


First Amendment protections on free speech, expression, and a free press.

First Amendment


The James B. McClatchy Foundation has always supported two key organizations that James loved: First Amendment Coalition and Committee to Protect Journalists. These ongoing operational supporting grants will continue to honor James’ legacy.

In its exploratory phase to embark on a major First Amendment strategy, the LIFT Initiative is a grant making pilot to advance awareness of and engagement with the First Amendment as it relates to free speech, freedom of expression, and a free press in Central Valley communities.


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